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Color Your Resolutions ‘Red Cross Red’ in 2008
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Stuart Hales
January 9, 2008

Want to lose weight, pay off your debts, find a new job, quit smoking or drinking, go back to school, or help others who are less fortunate?

Steps to Success

After you complete the form, follow these steps to help you achieve your goal:

Become Red Cross Ready

  1. Find out how prepared you are right now by testing your Readiness Quotient.
  2. Take the Be Red Cross Ready education module to learn how to become better prepared.
  3. Follow the three readiness steps: Get a kit, make a plan, and become informed.

Donate blood

  1. Read basic information about the blood donation process.
  2. Make sure you are eligible to donate blood.
  3. Find the date and location of a local blood drive and make an appointment.

Take a Health and Safety class

  1. Learn about Red Cross health and safety classes.
  2. Test your general knowledge of emergency first aid.
  3. Contact your local chapter to register for a class.

Volunteer at your local chapter

  1. Read descriptions of volunteer positions with the Red Cross.
  2. Identify your talents to help you match your skills with volunteer opportunities.
  3. Consider how much time you can devote to volunteering.
  4. Contact your local chapter to inquire about volunteering.

Make a monthly contribution

  1. Read the evaluation of the American Red Cross by Charity Navigator, a charity watchdog.
  2. Review answers to frequently asked questions about contributing to the Red Cross.
  3. Determine how you would like your donation to be used.

With the dawn of the new year, many people commit to making these or other significant changes in their lives. More often than not, they fail to follow through. They make too many resolutions, or they make resolutions to please friends or family members rather than themselves, or they adopt an “all or nothing” approach instead of contenting themselves with incremental changes.

Behavioral experts say people are most likely to keep a resolution if they make a plan of what they want to accomplish and break it down into smaller steps or goals. Achieving small goals over time provides a sense of accomplishment and motivates you to keep going. Writing down the goals can help you keep track of your progress.

Another key to keeping a resolution is to choose one that’s meaningful to you. If you don’t have a strong, internal motivation to make a change, you probably won’t be successful.

Make a ‘Red Cross Resolution’

The best resolutions are those that combine strong personal meaning with changes that will benefit you as well as those around you—your family and friends, your co-workers, and your community. For example, if you resolve to yell less frequently at your kids, it will benefit you (by lowering your stress level) as well as your children.

Volunteering is another resolution that benefits both you and others. By volunteering, you can learn a new skill and meet others with similar interests while helping address a community need.

The American Red Cross, as the nation’s premier volunteer organization, offers plenty of opportunities to fulfill resolutions. By resolving to give blood, volunteer at a local chapter, take a class, prepare for an emergency, or contribute on a regular basis, you can improve your life and that of others close to you.

Why not resolve today to make a difference in 2008? By completing this form, you can make a commitment that will motivate you and help your family, friends and community. And if you’re interested, you can share the results of your resolution through this Website—the Red Cross will follow up with selected individuals who make a “Red Cross resolution” to see whether they followed through with their commitment and, if so, how they feel about what they accomplished.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

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