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Sisters Donate Blood on 9/11 to Honor Their Late Father

Laura, Caroline and Mary Ogonowski lost their father, Capt. John Ogonowski, on September 11, 2001, when the plane he was piloting, American Airlines Flight 11, was hijacked and crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, John became a commercial pilot and flew for American Airlines […]

Are You the Missing Type? Mind Your As, Os and Bs

People may rarely think about their blood type, but the reality is, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Here at the Red Cross, we rely on donors of all types to give blood and platelets to meet the demand. But what if your ‘type’ were to go missing? Throughout this week, the letters A, O, […]

Three Women Thank Anonymous Blood Donors for Saving Their Lives

We love receiving blood donation recipient stories through social media. Three women recently reached out to tell us just how much blood donors mean to them. Their comments below show the real impact that your donation can have on others. Kelly McLean “I lost my leg to cancer in 2007. During two separate surgeries I was given […]

An Accident Turned This Blood Donor into a Humble Recipient

Kelly Griswold is a 22-year-old college student who hopes to graduate from the University of Missouri, pass her certified public accountant exam and become an accountant in the next year. These plans were nearly derailed two years ago. While vacationing in the Lake of the Ozarks, Kelly was involved in a life-threatening accident as a […]

Red Cross Month: Marc’s Story of Helping Save Lives Through Blood Donation

In honor of Red Cross Month this March, the American Red Cross celebrates the blood and platelet donors, blood drive coordinators, volunteers and other supporters who make our lifesaving mission possible. Marc Satalof is one dedicated blood donor hoping to inspire others to join him in rolling up a sleeve. Marc’s Inspiring Blood Donation Story […]

This Leap Year, 3 Ways to Make a Day’s Difference

Post by American Red Cross intern, Greta Gustafson Every four years, we are granted an extra day at the end of February: Leap Day. For many of us, this extra day slips by without us recognizing the potential impact a day’s difference can make. Sure, you may get a few more chores done, but it’s […]

What’s Your Superpower?

“If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose?” This occasionally-asked hypothetical question prompts a wide variety of answers, from invisibility and unyielding strength to the ability to fly, read people’s minds and see into the future. My mother’s answer to this question, when asked by her daughters many years ago, came as […]

Valentine’s Day: Love Notes From the Red Cross

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we wanted to share how much you mean to us – and encourage you to pass the love along! Nothing says I love you forever like a lifesaving training class.  Does your loved one check their smoke alarms monthly? It’s all about #2Steps2Minutes. We always knew you were special! Make a […]

Why Do You Save Lives?

I first donated blood as a 17-year-old high school student, motivated more by my desire to skip fifth period European History than to actually make a difference in my community. A few years later I became a regular blood donor, no longer to escape class or work, but as a way to honor the lifesaving […]

From the Archives – African American Leadership in the Red Cross

  African Americans Play Important Leadership Role In Red Cross History From the beginning, African Americans have played an important role in the mission of the American Red Cross. In honor of February’s observance of Black History Month, we salute the accomplishments of some remarkable individuals who paved the way by achieving recognition and prominence […]