By: Maria Lobron
As part of the millennial “Me” generation, many people assume that we don’t care about anyone but ourselves. That is far from the truth. In a survey of men and women ages 18 to 34, 75% of millennials contributed to charitable causes last year.
As a 25-year-old woman in the working world, I have donated to numerous organizations such as Penn State’s THON Dance Marathon and Best Buddies. While millennials tend to give smaller amounts of money, we can influence our friends and family to get involved in a charitable organization. Donating gives me the reward of giving something back to the local community and helping the world become a better place.
The American Red Cross has given me the ability to help those in need in natural disasters, blood donation and other services. Here are the top 10 top reasons why you should donate to the Red Cross too:
#1) Make an impact. Around the world and in our communities we can help those in serious need. Some 70,000 disasters strike unsuspecting people each year. Others need one of the more than seven million blood products delivered to hospitals across the United States.
#2) Join the cause. There are thousands of people that donate to the Red Cross every day. Major companies such as Wawa, The Weather Channel, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and others donate too. When you donate, you become part of an organization that helps millions of people.
#3) It’s easy. Just go to http://www.redcross.org and donate. It takes only a few minutes.
#4) You’ll be happier. In a 2008 study, people expressed more happiness when they donated to
#5) Help save a life. Your donation will help to fund lifesaving classes like CPR and first aid around the world.
#6) Raise awareness. Help raise awareness by encouraging people to be prepared for a natural disaster or even a blood shortage. Natural disasters can happen at any time and the local blood supply would not exist without volunteer blood donors.
#7) Give back. By giving back you appreciate the things you have a little bit more.
#8) Every little bit helps. By donating just $10, you can help provide a second chance for someone in need. You can make that donation by simply texting REDCROSS to 90999.
#9) Be a leader. When your friends see you donating your time and talents, they will be inspired to give back as well.
#10 ) It’s good for our future. We are the next generation of leaders and want the world to be a better place. Start now!