I was reading through all the wonderful reasons that people donate to charity, and had to post my favorite holiday "charity" tradition. Conflict of interest disclosure, I am talking about my current employer, but by no means at their behest.I donate blood. I know every dollar helps, but I feel strange writing a check for five dollars, it just doesn't seem to be enough. But I can give 30 minutes or so of my time and give something to someone no money can possibly buy. If I'm feeling brave I'll try donating platlets again. They don't last long, so a constantly replenishing supply is needed. That takes about an hour and a half, and in my opinion, does a lot more good than if I sent in the equivalent amount of money (even if I over value my time!)Especially during the winter when it seems accidents are up, donations are down. And hospitals don't stop needing blood and platlets and plasma just because we're no longer in town. Maybe this could be a funny spin-off of the Foolanthropy drive, if you don't donate money, go donate blood. Even if you do it once a year, that's something. Do it two months later and feel great about yourself. And if you really must atone for all your excess holiday calories, do it again before thanksgiving.Just a holiday idea for those of us unable to give money. Give life.DigitalDurgadgtldurga@aol.comProud Red Cross Employee
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