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How to donate blood for newbies and needle-haters

Background: I’ve been working at the American Red Cross for nine months and 15 days, and during those nine months and 15 days, I’ve adamantly told myself I’m going to give blood. Yet I haven’t because I, like so many others, prefer not to be poked in the arm with a needle. This serious, full-blown, [...]

Meet Jacqueline Rogers — An 8 year old whose courage inspires us all

When 8-year-old Jacqueline Rogers of Billerica, Massachusetts walked into an Red Cross blood drive in Boston recently, she stole the show. That wasn’t an easy thing to do with the Boston Bruins mascot in attendance. Rogers was born with a congenital heart disorder and was scheduled to have open heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital [...]

Meet Tyler — A Blood Donation Success Story

Tyler, a 15-year-old wrestler, is proof of the difference donated blood and platelets make every day.  Here’s how a timely donation helped this high school wrestler get back on the mat! Tyler is just one of the many patients around the country whose lives have been saved via blood and platelet donations.  Please call 1-800-RED [...]

TNT’s Boston’s Finest Finale Reminds Viewers “What It’s Like to be a Hero”

Tonight, TNT aired the season finale of Boston’s Finest.  Viewers from all over the nation tuned in, wrapped in blankets trying to keep warm and forget the frigid weather outside.  We watched as the fine Boston Police force, again, took to the streets to make their corner of the world a little safer. Tonight’s storyline had [...]

“The Stars” Align to Spread Hope on #GivingTuesday

Today, the stars are aligned. At the Red Cross, we are fortunate to work with our celebrity donors and volunteers, as well as many television and film partners.  Each day, they bring us creative ideas about how to alleviate suffering and save lives through the powerful and creative influence of the entertainment industry.  They sing [...]

Back in the Saddle Again

I donated blood for the first time as a 17-year-old junior in high school. The American Red Cross visited my school regularly – we had more than 2,000 students, which made us a good donor pool – and whenever the organization was on campus, students who qualified as potential donors (at least 17 years old, [...]

Surfing Report: Supermodels, Country Stars, Carl’s Junior, Turtle Swimming and more

Satellite view of California Wildfire smoke over the ocean [Gawker] Hurricane Sandy, 6 months later [The Big Picture] Grandma gave her wedding ring to the Red Cross [Nancy Jo] Designing for the Science of Service Delivery [SSIR] You can join this Stars for Heroes Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s campaign [Benefits Service to Armed Forces] Don’t be [...]

Red Cross Jokes

We come across a lot of little jokes and quotes describing the Red Cross – We thought we’d share some of the more memorable ones with you: Q: What do you call a cat who’s joined the Red Cross? – A: A first-aid kit! — Kym Azzarito (@Norineajdn) April 9, 2013   There are so [...]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

This story comes to us from one of our blood drive volunteers, Kim Elizabeth Manning, who is willing to do just about anything to make our blood donors feel welcome When something great happens, you probably cheer loud and exuberantly … but what if you’re deaf, or the person you’re cheering for is deaf? Recently, [...]

How to Explain Blood Donation to a Six-Year-Old

At the end of February I donated blood for the first time in a couple of years. I arrived home with a bandage on my arm and a heart-shaped sticker on my shirt, both of which prompted questions from my kids and led to a simple explanation of “I donated blood today” from me. While [...]