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This Leap Year, 3 Ways to Make a Day’s Difference

Post by American Red Cross intern, Greta Gustafson

Every four years, we are granted an extra day at the end of February: Leap Day. For many of us, this extra day slips by without us recognizing the potential impact a day’s difference can make. Sure, you may get a few more chores done, but it’s never anything too memorable. Though an extra day may not seem like much to you, it offers the opportunity to engage in an activity that you might not otherwise have time for. And when used properly, that extra day could mean a lifetime of difference to someone in need.

Here are a few ways to make a day’s difference this Leap Day:

1. Give Blood

The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Did you know that you can help save up to three lives by donating just one unit of blood? And it won’t even take the full day, so you can still finish those extra chores that have been on your to-do list. Find more information or make an appointment on redcrossblood.org.

Lewis and Clark / Arizona Blood Services Region CEO gives blood to set an example for her employees. She is joined by her executive assistant, Tristian Bush.

2. Practice Your Fire Escape Plan

Home fires are the most common disaster that the Red Cross responds to. Fire experts agree that you may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this extra day to practice your home fire drill to make sure your family stays safe. If you don’t have a home fire escape plan, make one with this grid.


Monday, January 18, 2016. District Heights, Maryland. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of volunteers across the country participated in a day of service by canvassing their local communities and installing smoke alarms for their neighbors. The National Capital Region of the American Red Cross hosted MLK Day of Service events supporting the Home Fire Campaign in communities throughout the National Capital Region. Gerson Reyes (9) creates his fire escape plans. Photo by Dennis Drenner for the American Red Cross
Photo by Dennis Drenner for the American Red Cross


3. Volunteer

With the Red Cross being made up of 90 percent volunteers, there are so many ways to get involved in your community. From installing smoke alarms to helping out at a blood drive or in times of disaster, there is a place for everyone. Find yours on redcross.org.


January 3, 2016 -- Garland, Texas -- Red Cross shelter at the Gale Fields Recreation Center. Red Cross volunteer Misty Manglona reads to Jeremiah Moore. Photos by Dennis Drenner for the American Red Cross.
Photos by Dennis Drenner for the American Red Cross

This Leap Day doesn’t have to be just another Monday. Make it count by helping out your family and those in your community.