Honor Martin Luther King through Community Service

January 17, 2012

Give Blood with the American Red Cross


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, celebrated Monday, celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. Dr. King was a civil rights champion who valued courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service. [1]


One way to honor Dr. King’s legacy is through service to your community.  Donating blood is a great way to serve your community.  You may give blood in memory of Dr. King this week and continue to honor his commitment to service by donating blood throughout the year.


Blood donors of all races and ethnic backgrounds are important to maintaining an adequate blood supply.  Whether you are type A, B or O, your blood donation is important to the American Red Cross.  In fact, just one blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.  Think how many lives you can impact by becoming a regular blood donor today.


Each day, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed for patients in the United States.  In fact, approximately every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. All eligible donors are encouraged to become an Everyday supporter of the Red Cross and their communities by giving blood or platelets this winter. 


The American Red Cross is reporting lower donations than expected since the start of 2012.  O blood types are particularly low, but all blood types are needed. 

[1] thekingcenter.org