I'm celebrating the New Year by scheduling a blood-donation appointment with the American Red Cross. I figure what better way to celebrate another year than by giving someone else a chance at another year, too? Did you know that one pint of blood can save three lives and that less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood? I'm getting off-track...
I was going to save this idea for another three years, but I have what I think is a fantastic idea for celebrating my 50th birthday (Ouch-that hurts!), so I'm going to share it. I think I will ask that instead of a party or wrapped gifts, people give the gift of life to the American Red Cross in celebration of my birthday. What do you think of that? Would it not be VERY cool if I could get at least 50 people to donate?! I could even sit at the blood donation site and greet everybody and thank them. My blogging buddies could give blood and post pics of themselves (giving blood) on their blogs. The chickens in the bunch could make a cash donation, instead. (Really, I'm thinking this could work!)
I think it would be an honor to make such a difference in the world on my birthday, instead of just opening boxes of Ex-lax or Ben-Gay and feeling depressed the next day. I would truly love to feel like my turning 50 could be something to look forward to with excitement and joy.
So, that's my idea. I have three years and a four months to plan it all out, and I'm still open to other, similar ideas, as well. Feel free to share my idea with anyone you like, and if you have one even better, do share.
Happy New Year!!
UPDATE: Thanks, Melisa, for pointing me to Manic Mommy's Got Blood? Event/Giveaway! I am so on it, and I invite anyone else to follow suit!