Red Cross

The Season Is Upon Us

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Bet you thought we meant shopping season. Nope, we’re talking about the long and destructive fire season in California. Okay, actually it’s not technically “fire season” anymore - that’s generally considered to last June through October-ish. However, mega-fires raging all over the state in recent years have basically obliterated that concept. California is now on fire all the time, with images coming out of the devastation not unlike those from an apocalyptic movie.

Your DGB for this weekend is to look into how you can help.

Red Cross is always an excellent place to start for disaster relief charity

If you live in California, consider donating housing to evacuees via Air BNB

United Way NorCal and United Way Greater LA are both great places to donate and volunteer.

California Fire Foundation is an excellent way to support those firefighters out on the frontlines

Aid for Victims of Irma

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Your DGB for today is to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean Islands, as well as Florida, and other southern states. Some islands are completely uninhabitable and will take years to recover and rebuild.

Today, we want you to find some small way to contribute to rebuilding the Caribbean Islands and the southern states affected by Irma. One of the easiest ways to help is by donating to the Red Cross. They are one of the biggest relief organizations and have the ability to get aid on the ground immediately. You can donate to them here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations

Retired NBA superstar Tim Duncan has also set up a campaign to donate money to the islands, as he was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands and felt the affects of Hurricane Hugo as a kid. You can donate to his campaign here: https://www.youcaring.com/21usvirginislandrelieffund-942738

And as always during a natural disaster, local blood banks are in desperate need of donations. Even if your area wasn’t personally affected, a natural disaster can tax all local clinics. If you’re eligible, grab a friend and spend 20 minutes donating at your local clinic. You yours here: http://www.aabb.org/tm/donation/Pages/Blood-Bank-Locator.aspx

Unfortunately, natural disasters are starting to feel like the norm, and DGB understands how taxing they are. Now is the time to come together and show that there is good in this country, and we will continue to work together, despite weak and unpredictable leadership.

 

Donate Blood and Become an Organ Donor

Your DGB for today is to sign up to donate blood as January is National Blood Donor Month. If you’re needle-phobic or unable to donate blood, make sure you're registered as an organ donor. Ideally, do both!

You can sign up to donate blood through the American Red Cross online here and know that you are helping to supply the one of 36,000 units of red blood cells needed every single day in the US. As the Red Cross is still embroiled in an absurd debate about accepting blood from men who engage in sexual activity with other men, read this article if you are prohibited from donating.

Sign up (if you haven't already) to be an organ donor here.

You weren’t really using all that extra blood and innards anyway, right?