How do you feel about your job? I love mine. I work for one of the most well known organizations in the world – you may have heard of the American Red Cross? Most everyone knows that the Red Cross provides disaster relief services and I’m willing to bet that at some point in your life you’ve been to one of those First Aid/CPR certification classes, or maybe the Lifeguard training, but the main thing that you probably associate with the ARC is the blood donation drives. I’m just going to step up onto my little soapbox for one moment – I know, I know – no one wants to be preached to over their morning blog browsing – but just indulge me for one teeny tiny second. I actually work for the ARC’s Biomedical Services – basically, I test blood products for transfusion. And as the person who takes an order from a hospital and then has to go search for the product that could save someone’s life, I’m begging you to give me something to work with. During the summer months donations usually drop significantly due to school being out – colleges and high schools hold lots of blood drives – and vacation travels can interfere in regular donor schedules, but for some reason this year we’ve been more affected than usual. The ARC has many resources – you can find out pretty much anything you need to know about blood here, and here you can see if you’re eligible to donate. Please, please, please if you’ve got some free time (donating usually takes about an hour) stop at a Blood Mobile, or make an appointment to donate.
OK, I’m off the soapbox now – thanks for hearing me out! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer and not melting in this heat – it’s 90° today where I am, but with the humidity it feels more like 110°. I found this photo I took back in March when it was lovely and cool outside. Oh for the good old days of spring.