(Note: In my August 24th blog, Making Fitness Fun, I said that my next blog would be: Stuck? Kick Starting Your Fitness Program. Due to Hurricane Harvey, Stuck? Kick Starting Your Fitness Program will run next week.)
Recently, Hurricane Harvey flooded, buffeted, and devastated southeastern Texas and nearby coastal areas. Then Harvey moved eastward to cause more damage. The toll is enormous and continues to grow as those communities cope with Harvey’s wreckage. Many have donated money and time in response to these needs. However, there is more that you can do—be a blood, tissue and organ donor.
Agencies won’t accept everyone’s blood. For instance, if you have a history of hepatitis C, you can’t be a donor. But you can urge others to donate, volunteer at your local blood donor station, or donate money to blood and tissue banking services.
All of us, young and old, with or without hepatitis C, can be organ and tissue donors. There are opportunities to be live donors or to arrange to donate upon death. If you wish to donate upon death, be sure to tell your family and friends. Learn the guidelines for your state. For general information for the entire United States, visit www.donatelife.net.
While the U.S. Congress is debating if and how to respond to the victims of Harvey, you can quietly and powerfully make a difference. Be the change that we want to see in our leaders. Be a blood, organ and tissue donor. This simple act is more powerful than Hurricane Harvey.