Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Giving Back to Red Cross


I read lots of interesting facts about red cross and in many times in my life, I have been served by Red Cross during crucial times.  One of those incidents was when my son was hospitalized due to Dengue.  It was past midnight when his platelet count dropped that almost killed him.  The doctor advised for an emergency blood transfusion but at that time there was no available supply at the hospital.  We needed to go directly to the Red Cross office at the Port Area.  With the request provided by the doctor, my husband and brother in law went there and luckily, the staff gave them what was needed. Because of that, my son survived the deadly Dengue.  I am so grateful to Red Cross that it made me understand its principles better.  Its seven fundamental principles are; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.  Armed with his own personal experience and guided by its principles, my son became a member of Red Cross.  Just a way to show support to an organization that was instrument for his second chance at life.

Today, as a way of thanking this institution, I decided to post about Red Cross to promote its cause.  We can help this institution through different ways such as giving donation, promoting its cause or volunteering to its different activities and programs. In the Philippines, we can become a Red Cross 143 volunteer. Red Cross 143 is a program of Philipine Red Cross that aims to promote citizens' involvement in taking care of its community.  It promotes learning in disaster preparedness and responsiveness in the barangay level.  Its goal is to create a network of volunteers that shall be mobilized to respond immediately in times of calamity or disaster.

To know more on how to become a Red Cross 143 volunteer, you can visit the local chapters near your residence or you may call 02-5270000 for more information.

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