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Donating To Make a Difference

During the holiday season, it is important to have gratitude for not only our loved ones, but those who make our communities a better place. Here at The Red Cross, we are always thankful towards our inspiring blood donors, who contribute greatly to the people in our communities. It may be shocking, but the Red Cross actually provides 40% of the nation’s blood supply, and any decrease can cause a damaging effect as donating blood is essential to community health.

Today we want to highlight one very inspiring blood donor, Betty Morgan, whose passion for giving back to her community encapsulates the spirit of giving.

Betty Morgan’s husband, David, died of metastatic melanoma early this year. He was only sick for 9 weeks, and lost a tremendous amount of blood during this tragic time. Because of this experience, Betty Morgan has been donating blood to make up for what her husband used when he was ill. She has been helping her community by giving back to others who also need blood.

Betty Morgan and her husband, David, in a reenactment.

Betty Morgan gives this advice to those who are considering donating blood for the first time:

“It’s good karma. Giving blood doesn’t hurt, the needle looks scarier than it is. It helps people who are hurt or battling cancer. It is the right thing to do. Please donate! It doesn’t hurt, and you’re helping someone in need of your blood. Plus you’re making yourself healthier by donating. Your body builds new red blood cells when you donate and you will feel the difference; it gives you more energy and sense of accomplishment helping someone that is in need.” Betty Morgan, and many other donors, are truly embodiments of volunteerism, and we are always thankful for their contributions towards community health.

If you are interested in donating blood or to learn more information, go to

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