Did you know that during the holiday season there is a decline in blood donations? Usually this decline occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. While we all get busy with holiday travel, unfortunately patients don’t get a break from needing transfusions. According to the American Red Cross, every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Next Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday, a global movement where you can help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or voice.
For the past few years, I have been going to Blood Drives and donating to the American Red Cross. It only takes about half an hour and they usually have juice, treats, and sometimes gift cards just a thank you for taking the time to donate. To make an appointment at an upcoming blood drive visit, redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.
This year, I wanted to do something else to get involved in my community. I am thankful to have my immediate family to celebrate the holidays with but do miss my big ohana & friends back home in California.
At Filipino parties, food is the star of the party, next is the dancing and sometimes karaoke. My Lola used to make trays of lumpia (Filipino eggrolls) and more for the family. It also made me think of how my sister and cousins used to visit our Lola and take her out for sushi so she wouldn’t feel lonely.
I will be volunteering Thanksgiving morning at Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter. Their mission is to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. They are a non-profit volunteer based organization where they host countless social gatherings, celebrations and holidays for the elderly.
“Our motto, flowers before bread, expresses our philosophy that people need the special pleasures in life in addition to the basic necessities. Love, dignity and beauty in life are as essential to life as physical needs.” -Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly