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January is National Blood Donor Month!

January 11, 2013

Did You Know…?

  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day  in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims.
  • You can give the “Gift of Life” by supporting the Red Cross or your local blood bank.

January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood and with good reason—it’s the month that presents the most challenges in recruiting people to give blood.

Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give. This is the perfect time for your chapter to get involved with the National Blood Drive, one of Deltasig’s national community service initiatives. On behalf of the National Community Service Committee and other Deltasig leaders…THANK YOU to those chapters who have already participated!

Service is one of the guiding principles in our Fraternity. It increases our feeling of brotherhood. It is rewarding to each participant, and also makes a difference in the lives of those individuals we have touched through our service programs. By using our special knowledge and resources, we can take our community problems and make a difference by improving the quality of life around us.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age and older, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

You can host or participate in a blood drive for credit, and can use any blood bank you want (you are not limited to the American Red Cross). Follow the instructions on the blood drive flyer to ensure your chapter is recorded in the July edition of The DELTASIG.

In support of fraternal tradition, Delta Sigma Pi has selected a few opportunities for national focus. All chapters are encouraged to participate in at least one of the following national or provincial initiatives:

Here’s how your chapter can get involved this year:

  • Sponsor your own blood drive. Go to www.redcross.org or www.givelife.org for information. Be sure to contact the local blood bank IMMEDIATELY and check availability as it can take up to 3 months or more to schedule an event.
  • Sponsor a drive with another group, such as another chapter, campus organization or your university.
  • Volunteer at a blood drive event. Giving blood is not required.
  • Be sure to advertise.

Let the Fraternity know about your event:

  • Register your event with National Community Service Chair Kris McDaniel. In the email, be sure to include: chapter name; chapter contact and contact e-mail; blood bank name; blood drive date.
  • Be sure to apply for CMP Credit. Participation in a Blood Drive counts towards credit on the ‘Accredited’ level as well as ‘Participation in a National Initiative’ on the Recognition tier.
  • Involvement in the blood drive initiative is one way to remain eligible for Delta Sigma Pi’s Community Service Award. For details and to apply for the National Community Service Award by June 1, 2013, go to http://www.dspnet.org/awards/.

For more information on organizing community service events and to get more ideas, visit the Community Service Center.

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