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January is National Blood Donor Month!

Thumb's up to giving blood!

Thumb's up to giving blood!

One of my New Year's resolutions was to give back to my community more this year.

I've thought about volunteering somewhere but it seems hard to find the time. I've thought about cash donations, but sometimes cash isn't as fluid as you'd like! One easy way (if you're not afraid of needles, that is) is to give blood! The American Red Cross is always in need of healthy blood donors. And the Red Cross is always offers incentives for donating! So it's a win-win situation!

I went to give blood a few weeks back just before Christmas, but I had a cold at the time, so they denied me and said to come back when I was feeling healthy again. They still gave me the incentive of a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a lift ticket at Smuggler's Notch and a free movie pass to Essex Cinema! Yeah! So now I'm feeling better and will be making my appointment by going online at You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or walk-in at any American Red Cross location. We have one at 32 North Prospect St. in Burlington. Sometimes they also set up Blood Drives. In fact, South Burlington is having one on Thursday, January 13th from 12-5 pm at St. John Vianney Church (Geri and her family's church) on Hinesburg Road.  All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free 1 lb. bag of coffee from Dunkin' Donuts! Who doesn't love free coffee?!!

As for me, I'll pass on the free coffee only because they already gave me my incentives. Went and saw "Little Fockers" at the movie theater - hilarious flick - I give it 3.75 stars! And I have yet to get on my snowboard and hit up Smugg's, but as soon as we get some more snow, I'm there! I think I'll most likely be giving blood again this year, but they ask you wait 3 months in between donations.

What will you do to give back to the community this year?

-Keeley Higgins, Marketing Coordinator for Geri Reilly Real Estate

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