May is the Trauma Awareness Month celebrated worldwide and the extremely significant period for the Red Cross organization activities. Emergency departments count millions of visits per year caused by various types of trauma, and most of these patients require hospitalization and the blood transfusion. In fact, having ready blood supplies at hand frequently saves lives within few seconds to these patients. At the same time, many seriously ill patients, especially patients suffering from various hematological conditions, literally depend on fresh blood supplies and donations. To keep this humanitarian system working smoothly, hospitals have to receive thousands blood donation daily from eligible and healthy blood donors. The Red Cross, as the international humanitarian organization, includes Blood Donation Red Cross team and almost 50% of all donations are mediated by Red Cross donation activities.
‘Roll your sleeve up’ campaign
To boost the awareness and point out the importance of the blood donation, the Red Cross offices worldwide organize various campaigns during May with one major aim – to increase the number of volunteers donating blood in the long run. “SleeveUp” campaign came up with an excellent idea. The Red Cross volunteers have created an online application for sending numerous electronic invitations for blood donation. This application gives you the opportunity to alarm, motivate and activate your colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances to visit nearby hospital or transfusion center and contribute to the community with this noble act.
The application, also, provides various information, directions, advice, explanations and illustrative examples of the donation process, types of donation, its importance and role in the trauma treatment and plenty more valuable material. Finally, the application offers the option to make a financial donation, reserved for people who can’t donate blood, but still want to contribute.
Increased activity of the Red Cross Blood Donation Team
Pretty much every Red Cross office worldwide includes its team of volunteers dedicated to providing massive blood donations. These volunteers educate people, motivate and encourage citizens to donate blood on a daily basis, organize various promotions, presentations, and marketing campaigns over the whole year. They also facilitate donation process by organizing transport to everyone interested in donating blood. These volunteers provide meals, small gifts, and gestures and emotional support to every donor. May, the month of trauma awareness, is the time of a year when Red Cross Blood Donation Teams comes up in public with even more activities, strategies and creative ideas focused on the process of donation and its importance.
Perfect time to donate blood and volunteer
Every website of the Red Cross offices offers a link to specific Blood Donation Appointment. Use this application to set an appointment and ease the whole procedure of donation. Use the chance to help trauma patients every time you can, but during May particularly. Also, May is probably the best period to join Red Cross Blood Donation team and contribute to the whole community by volunteering and expanding the network of regular blood donors.