Website: The American Red Cross
Activity types: Give blood, Give plasma, Help with disaster recovery, and so much more…
Time Required: Giving blood only takes an hour or two, plasma takes a bit longer than blood. To be a member of the disaster services team you have to go through training and then there are regular meetings, but you are on the front lines when a disaster strikes doing tremendous good.
Skills Required: If you want to give blood you can’t be anemic (they will test you for this). You do have to pass a medical screening for the plasma and blood.
Attire: When you give blood and plasma make sure you wear a shirt that can easily be pushed up over your elbow.
The Goods: This awe inspiring group moves in during the most desperate times to help those who are suffering. Interesting fact: Did you know the Red Cross functions under a code of neutrality meaning they cannot take sides in any conflict or deny help to anyone regardless of sex, religion, race, etc.? Pretty cool!
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