The US is having a hard time.
Feeling like you need to contribute in some way?
I've said it before and I will say it again and again and again. You can save lives.
Donate blood. Blood banks are in desperate need of donations all over the country.
Wild fires up and down the West Coast, large storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes all around the country, oh, and don't forget the ongoing pandemic, equals a shortage of life-saving blood products at your local blood bank.
Find a blood drive in your area by reaching out to these groups.
New York Blood Center
and the NYBC Family
If you personally can't donate, you can still help. Share blood drive events near you on social media OR host a blood drive of your own at a local school or church.
Join the Bone Marrow Registry!!
Today marks the 19th year since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Our community still feels the pain of that day and the health repercussions continue to take our heroes.
"The FDNY added the names of 27 department members who died of illnesses related to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall in a closed ceremony at FDNY Headquarters Wednesday. Those 27 former New York City firefighters died of 9/11-related illnesses in the past year, bringing the total number of firefighters killed after the World Trade Center attacks to 227. That's in addition to the 343 FDNY members killed on September 11, 2001."
As First Responders suffer from September 11th related illnesses, many of them with blood cancers, they will most likely need a bone marrow transplant.
Normally, they're the ones saving lives, but this time it could be one of us saving them.
Join the bone marrow registry.
This website, Be The Match, will tell you everything you need to know about joining the registry and WHERE to find a drive near you.
I hope my blog friends living in any of the fire and storm areas are all okay.