by Alea Rodriguez
Everyone is bound to have heard of the American Red Cross. They are the people who hold blood drives and make care packages, right? That all may be true, but it is only scratching the surface.
The mission of the American Red Cross is to “prevent and alleviate human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” Before I joined the American Red Cross Club at Golden Valley High School, I had little idea how much of a difference I could make in my home, school and community. It was only once I joined that I came to realize the reality and importance of serving others.
From providing household items to our veterans to educating elementary school children on the importance of disaster preparedness and installing free smoke alarms in high risk communities, the opportunities to help and give to others through the American Red Cross is limitless.
Empowered by our passion for service, the Golden Valley High School American Red Cross Club calls upon the generosity of our community to join us at our fall blood drive on November 21 from 3-6 p.m. in the Golden Valley small gym. Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment using the sponsor code: goldenvalleyhs.
All students and community members who are above the age of 16 are welcome to donate, as long as they meet the minimum height and weight requirements that can also be found on redcrossblood.org. Donors who are 16 must have parent permission to donate. If you plan to donate, you must be in good health, feeling well, and have sufficient blood iron levels by the day of the blood drive.
With the support of the community, we can all make an impact that will change the lives of those in need. Giving back to others offers one of the most rewarding feelings one can have, and so I hope that when you spend your time with us on the 21st of November you leave knowing that you made a difference.
Alea Rodriguez is the president of the Golden Valley Red Cross Club.