As people gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, we want to take the opportunity to give thanks for our donors who reach into their pockets to donate funds or roll up their sleeves to donate blood in support of the American Red Cross.
Each day, our donors put the lifesaving Red Cross mission into action in communities across the country and around the world. It is important on this day of thanks that we reflect on the blessings bestowed upon us and those we serve by the generosity of others and express our gratitude for their support.
A Survivor’s Thanks
While hurricanes, tornadoes and other major disasters receive much attention, every day Red Cross donors help residents affected by the biggest disaster threat in the U.S. – home fires.
“Yesterday, we had a house fire,” said Tim Bowling from Kentucky.
Later that same night, a Red Cross disaster worker named Emerson met with Bowling’s wife to provide assistance for the family. Emerson gave vouchers for three nights at a hotel and a card for purchases. He even contacted a local grocery store to help get the Bowling family some food – giving them one less thing to worry about in the aftermath of their damaged home.
“I never knew the Red Cross did so much. I thought you were only about major disasters and blood banks. But you have helped us more than I can possibly tell you,” said Bowling. “I know you must hear it a lot, but I have no idea what we would have done if it wasn't for the Red Cross. Thank you so very much for your help!”
Bowling particularly wanted to thank the “stranger” that did so much for them.
“Emerson went above and beyond the call of duty. He was out late last night just to make sure we had the help we needed,” said Bowling. “Honestly, I never thought anyone would go so far to help us, especially a stranger. Thank you again!”
The Courage to Give
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The people who come to their need, our blood donors, are ordinary people with ordinary fears. But they share one thing – a generous spirit, a desire to give back to their community and help others.
“Here is an important fact about me,” said Victoria from New Britain, Connecticut. “I am TERRIFIED of needles. It's has gotten so bad that I can't handle watching needles on TV, people talking about needles and shots makes my skin crawl, and bees reminds me of flying needles which send me screaming for cover.”
Despite her fear of needles, Victoria still finds the courage to give blood.
“Even so, I still donate blood as often as I can,” said Victoria. “I am O negative, which I understand is in short supply.
Like Victoria, the number one reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others." We are grateful for every single blood donor who helps save lives with the Red Cross.
Today, we celebrate our donors and their ongoing legacy of compassion and generosity. This Thanksgiving and always, thank you for your support of the American Red Cross.