Friday is Big

002346BSo I’m excited to say that on Friday, I will see one of my very first big projects come to life at work.

I was put in charge of coordinating a blood drive for our hotel, and after six weeks of planning, the drive has finally arrived.  With over 600 employees at our hotel, we have the potential to donate a priceless gift in mass quantity, so I was excited when I was able to take the lead.  Not to mention I’m passionate about the cause in general and have been donating blood since I was 18.

My initial meeting with the Red Cross had us hoping for 20 pints of donated blood.  That would require 22-23 donors.  Apparently in the years past there have only been 11-12 sign ups which resulted in about 10 pints.  While that’s all well and good, I was determined to knock that goal out of the park.

So, we started with 25 spots to sign up, and I am happy to say that after a month of recruiting, we have 54 people signed up to donate.  With the help of our Employment Manager, we have managed to more than triple past years sign ups!  Even if only 50% of the people who signed up actually show up, it will still be a success!

I’ve even managed to wrangle some Washington Nationals tickets to raffle off to donors which is just an extra bonus and reward for them doing something fantastic.

I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself.  I created these awesome reminder cards Clipart Picture of a Blood Drop Mascot Cartoon Character Dressed as a Super Heroyesterday that were hot pink and read “Thanks for signing up to be a hero” with a superhero blood drop on the front, and the details about their scheduled appointment time and other instructions personalized on the back.

I’m still hoping to reach our initial goal of 20 pints, and if we exceed anything past that then I’ll be ecstatic.

Here’s to doing good, giving back, and saving lives!

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