I will do anything for a patch, shirt or some sort of swag. I will also do things that help others. In 2010 the Boy Scouts of America held it’s 100th Anniversary. To celebrate it, the BSA created a patch that could be earned with several requirements. This just happened to be during the same time I created a ticket item for my Wood Badge course. Needless to say, it added a bunch of items to complete. Read more here about my ticket. I also commented about the ticket and donation three years later.
“The hardest one for me was “Character”. I chose the do a good turn daily for seven days. I kicked it off with donating blood at the Apherisis.”. Which turned into having the Red Cross letting me know that I am a very good candidate for
During the process of each donation or the telling of my Wood Badge ticket process, I go into how I ended up donating blood again. I have always known that donating Whole Blood and Apherisis is life saving. It has grown more personal for me over the years. My father went through Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 3 years ago and is currently in remission. My Mother-in-Law has also been in the hospital over the past years getting Blood infusions.
The fun part for me is that through interactions over Facebook and Twitter I have kept in touch with classmates and friends who also donate. We remind each other that it is time to donate.
So, here is the plan. My 5th Gallon donation is coming up. I have planned on Saturday, April 2nd @ 8:30am to donate in Portland, Oregon. I am inviting you to come with me to donate. If you are in Portland, awesome. If not, please find your local Red Cross donation center and make an appointment. If you are not able to donate due to the Red Cross restrictions, please consider driving a friend to donate or volunteer in some reguard. Even bringing me a beer afterwards would be helpful!
The Facebook Event site is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/639303056207707/ Please join it and post selfies!
The one thing that I have realized that since starting in 2010 and also Wood Badge, you can do something that helps others. Just because you attain a certification, an award or rank, you can continue on doing what got you there. It will help others.