Dear Blood Donors, Thanks for the times that you’ve given us!

Educators giving back to Blood Donors
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Imagine all the treasured moments people have experienced because of the generosity of blood donors!

When I was pregnant with my first son, my father was battling cancer. Due to blood donors (whose identity I will never know), he received transfusions that extended his life and allowed him to see his first grandchild smile. Thanks to those donors, I got to see my son reach up to grab my father’s hand and walk with him. Priceless!

I recently saw a sign for a blood drive.  It had been a long time since I donated, so I stopped in. Less than an hour later, I was on my way. The next day, I felt a sense of rejuvenation. It wasn’t just an altruistic feeling. I truly felt like my own health was a bit better than it had been before I stopped.

So – I started looking into the health benefits of donating blood. The latest research suggests that donating blood can help reduce the risk of both heart attacks and stroke.  As I searched, numerous articles pointed to links between good health and giving blood.

My father’s birthday would be this week. In his memory, I’d planned to offer $15 of resources to my Teachers pay Teachers shop to teachers who see this and decide to share the gift of life by donating blood. (Where I live, the American Red Cross makes it quick and easy.)

I’m absolutely thrilled that a group of my TpT friends have decided to join me to support this cause! Together, we’d like to offer $15 of materials to each of the first hundred teachers to see this and decide to donate.  Send an email to to get the link to a blog post sharing more details.


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