For many years now this community has watched with a compassionate eye as tragedies of all sorts have struck- Super Storms, Earthquakes, Bombings, School Shootings- each matched with a horrific loss of life and each a true emergency. We've sometimes been able to aid those in need in the aftermath of these emergencies, as was the case with the Boston Bombing- but at other times we've been unable to respond in a meaningful way. For many years now, TarValon.Net, Inc has also sought a way to respond. As a community we have asked the administration what we can do, and as an administration we've struggled with the best ways to respond. In 2013 in the aftermath of the Boston Bombing, we ran the previous no-host Blood Drive, there were a lot of participants but not all could during the time that it was running because they donated at a different time of the year. Nevertheless this was- at last- the appropriate response and serves to inspire future responses. Donating blood saves lives, and in the aftermath of tragedies having well stocked blood banks can make all the difference. In 2014, we held a year long Blood Drive that was a huge successes, resulting in the donation of 41 pints of blood, and in 2015 we donated 32 pints of blood! For 2017 we are hosting another year-long Blood Drive, to both support those that give blood regularly and to encourage others to give blood. We recognize that this isn’t for everyone, and not everyone can give blood. Yet there are those that can and one of the problems that most Blood Banks run into is that people only give blood after disasters, and usually just the once. Blood is often needed weeks before hand and even after, it has a short shelf life and they need every drop year round. This year-long event is designed to address these needs year-round so that instead of reacting, as a community, we are preparing. All donations beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 can be reported using the following form: >>FORM<< Data collected with this form is intended to get an accurate count of donated pints throughout 2015, you will notice only four required questions. Also, we've included a section where you can share what blood bank you donated to! This information will be used to help other members locate a local blood bank they can donate to. Here is a collection of Signatures, Badges and even an Icon or two that we encourage you to wear through the year- whether you can or will donate yourself- spreading the word is key. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sig1v2_zps0f3947e0.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sig1_zpsf5a3ad0d.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sig2_zps9bdfca36.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sig2v2_zpsd1511fb8.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sig3_zps811244b2.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sigbadge2_zps119f3ac3.png http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/arycollection/Outreach/Blood Drive/sigbadge1_zps15552b85.png And Icons! Code: :blood1 :blood2 Also, please check out our little section in the Tower Store. Blood Drive Basics: For members based in the US you can find your local donations centers through the Red-Cross Blood Bank. Canadian members, you can find your local blood donations centers through Canadian Blood Services. UK members can find local locations for blood donation through the National Blood Service. TarValon.Net members in South Africa can also find information on blood donations through the South Africa National Blood Service. Australian members can check out the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for donation information. Members in New Zealand can also check out donation resources through the New Zealand Blood Service. Members in the Netherlands can take part in registering or donating blood through the Sanquin Blood Supply. My German isn’t good, but if you’re in Germany and looking to donate a pint, the German Red Cross should be able to point you in the right direction. Members in Norway wanting to give, remember to thank Ilissa for this tip, and check out this link to register and donate!