Giving Can Start Early

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There are many different types of heroes, big ones, small ones and unlikely ones. At first, you may not think of donating blood as a heroic act, that is, until you realize it may save a life. That is the lesson the children from the Wesley House learned Monday.

"I think it is a very important lesson for young people to learn from the very beginning, the commitment and responsibility they have to making sure their community is taken care of," said Susan Morris of United Blood Services.

Each month, the children of the Wesley House are taken on a field trip to learn about their community, and although the children are too young to donate blood, one of their leaders set an example for them.

Ginger Stevens, associate director of Wesley House, donated blood while the children watched.

"Our theme for the month of February is love and I couldn't think of a better way to show that than through giving blood," Stevens said.

The children colored pictures, which will be sent to troops that have been wounded in combat. You, too, may send a special greeting to wounded troops by simply giving blood.

As part of the "For the Love of our Troops" campaign, United Blood Services will send a special post card to those men and women for each person who donates blood this month.

"We are asking them to give blood and in return for their gift, we are giving them a special Valentine post card with a special message to our wounded," said Morris. "That allows our wounded troops to understand we are thinking about them no matter how far away they are."

The post cards will be collected throughout the month of February and sent to the VA hospital in Jackson, Miss. and to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.