These Moments From the #WhyI Blood Drive Campaign Will Make You Feel All the Feels

Western Michigan University successfully launched the “why I…” campaign for a partnership blood drive with the university theatre department this February. President Jimmy Brand brought forth the idea because he wanted to find ways to “put a face to the issue of volunteerism.” The WMU Red Cross club members took photos of the volunteers and donors with signs and asked them why they donate and why they volunteer. Here are some of answers they collected:

 

“Why I chose to volunteer is because I am ineligible to give blood but still believe in the cause. Many people are in need of blood and I’d still like to support the Red Cross.”

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“WHY I donate is because I always like to have the opportunity to save lives! I’ve been donating even since the 10th grade!” ‪#‎WhyI

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“WHY I donate is because it’s always important to give back to local charities and to support those who are in need. If you are capable to help, you should! Supporting others is a beautiful thing.” ‪#‎Whyi ‪#‎redcross

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‪#‎WhyI donate and volunteer is because as an artist, I strive to affect positive change and use creativity as a medium to make a difference. Just like music and the arts, blood donation is universal; creating a community of like-minded individuals who are geared toward one common goal: saving lives.”

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#WhyI donate: I had an intern named Jackie, who worked with me in her senior year at Kalamazoo College. She became a dear friend of mine in our 35 years together and throughout her courageous battle with cancer. A blood transfusion from a donation event like this gave me another six months to cherish with her. Being on campus for this event and seeing the passion of these young students reminded me of when I first met Jackie and saw the light she had to offer the world. Every time I donate and have donated for the past forty-five years has been for Jackie. Always.”5

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