With the holiday season, we have endured a constant barrage of solicitations from charities. The need is real, but many of us are wondering how we are going to pay our own bills. You want to help somehow. You can, and you don't need to get out your checkbook. By donating blood through the American Red Cross, you are literally giving the gift of life. The need for blood and blood products never takes a holiday.
In fact, a single donation can save as many as three lives! When you give blood, you know that you are helping someone. That's a pretty good feeling. There are several blood drives in the Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee County areas in December. If you can donate, you'll be entered into a drawing for gift cards from Meijer and Best Buy. You might also win a 2012 Chevy Cruze from Sundance Chevrolet.
I am donating platelets tomorrow at the Flint Donor Center and urge you to become a donor too. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or visit: www.redcrossblood.org

I almost forgot...they still give you cookies after you donate. That alone has kept me coming back for a long time! Save lives, give blood.