During the holiday season, it’s pretty easy to get lost in the rush of things. There are long lines at stores, advertisements being pushed at us by retailers, plus there’s tons of money to be spent on gifts. Still – there are things more important this time of year than the latest smart phone, laptop or T.V. What is that? Other people.
Giving back is not only a chance to give to others; it’s also one of the biggest gifts we can give ourselves this holiday season. There are a lot of opportunities not only to help impact lives, but even to save them. And these opportunities I’m about to share with you will not even cost you money, just your time.
Last year’s Young & Free spokester, Austin Chapman, and his fraternity brothers will be hosting an emergency bone marrow drive at Lawrence Tech University in the Architecture Gallery this Wednesday, December 11th, between 1 PM to 6 PM. They've been inspired by Bree, a bright 10 year old girl who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2012; she is now in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Even if you end up going to find out you’re not a match for Bree, you will still have a chance to save lives. You will be put into the registry system, where you may be matched and made available to the thousands of patients who turn to the registry for a bone marrow transplant each year.
If you can’t make this event, you can join the registry at a donor drive near you.
Another opportunity to give back and to save lives is to donate blood. This I have done before, and as long as you stay hydrated and have a good meal, it really isn't bad. There are usually a numerous amount of blood drives going on where you can donate. To find a blood drive near you, check out the Red Cross website.
This holiday season, we've all got to slow down, take a deep breath of crisp cold air, and open our eyes. It can be easy to forget this is a season for giving, for family, and for what really matters in our lives. We can help others have happy holidays and have good health just by donating and giving a little bit of our time.
Tis’ the season :)