Give a Miracle by Giving
by Roger Carr
The bodies that God
miraculously gave us are very complex. Regardless of all of the
advances in technology, we can't create a substitute for many parts of
Doctors are dependent on
donations from individuals for items such as blood, organs and tissue
to help save lives. Consider the following ways you can donate a
portion of yourself to help save and improve the lives of others:
Give your blood.
Every two seconds someone
in America needs blood. That comes out to 86,400 people needing blood
today just in America. Are you aware that you are saving as many as
three lives for each pint of blood that you donate? That is the amount
of blood donated in one visit. You will be saving multiple lives by
being a blood donor. In addition, your body is designed to
remanufacture new blood to replace the amount you donated. You haven't
given up anything except a small amount of time. Contact Red Cross at http://www.givelife.org
or 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448-3543) to learn about giving blood and
schedule a time to donate.
Give your hair.
There are thousands of
financially disadvantaged children that suffer from long-term medical
hair loss. Something as simple as wearing a hairpiece can help increase
their self-esteem and confidence. If you have long hair, consider
donating locks of it to make these needed hairpieces available. This is
something children can do as well. Contact Locks of Love at http://www.locksoflove.org
or 1-888-896-1588 to learn about how you can participate.
Give your marrow.
Did you know there are as
many as 35,000 children and adults that have life threatening diseases
each year that could benefit from a marrow or blood cell transplant?
Many of these individuals suffer from leukemia, lymphomas, and other
blood cancers. Although being a marrow or blood cell donor is not as
quick and simple as donating blood, it is another critically needed way
that you can help save lives. Contact the National Marrow Donor Program
or 1-800-MARROW2 (1-800-627-7692) to learn about how to register as a
Give your organs
How would you like to
continue to save lives even after you die? An average of 17 people die
each day from the lack of available organs for transplant. You can help
save up to 7 people's lives when you donate your organs and improve up
to 50 lives as a tissue donor. We are all going to die someday and what
better way to leave this planet than to continue to help others with
what we leave behind. Contact the Coalition on Donation at http://www.shareyourlife.org
or 1-804-782-4920 to learn more about organ and tissue donations.
Many people think you have
to be a doctor or firefighter to save lives on a regular basis. We need
to start thinking differently. You can save lives on a regular basis
and it will cost you almost nothing. It takes so little time it can be
done during your lunch break. Get started today!
To learn more ways to
give, sign up for the free Everyday Giving ezine at http://www.everydaygiving.com.
Roger Carr is the founder of Everyday Giving. His life purpose is to
help people help others.
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