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Celebrate Make A Difference Day by rolling up your sleeve

Central Ohio

September 28, 2009
 
The power to make a difference is confirmed every day through people who roll up their sleeves and give back to their communities by donating blood. And this October, everyone who comes to give can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in Ann Arbor on Nov. 21. 
 
“You have the power within you to help change a life,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Make A Difference Day on October 24 is just one more reason to consider donating blood as a worthwhile and positive volunteer experience.”
 
Nearly 4 million people donated blood through the American Red Cross last year. That strength in numbers, Red Cross officials say, reflects an innate desire of Americans to help others, and can be reinforced through nationwide efforts like Make A Difference Day.
 
In 2008, 3 million people participated in the national day of neighbor helping neighbor, and accomplished thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. Now in its 19th year, Make A Difference Day takes place the fourth Saturday of every October, with this year’s events slated for October 24.
 
“By donating blood on or around Make A Difference Day, you can do your part to help someone in need,” said Wilson. “Every day, the American people show us they’re here to ensure that patients across the country have the blood they need, when they need it.”
 
Those who come to give blood in October can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in Ann Arbor, MI on Nov. 21.