M.I.S.S. : Annual July Blood Drive
Giving Life in Memory of a
Over the past three years, SeattleMISS and KotaPress have partnered to bring you the Mrs. Duck Kindness Project where by we offer free online copies of the grief support book Mrs. Duck and The Woman to bereaved families enduring the death of a child. (See the Mrs. Duck information here in the Loss section for more details.)
Now, in partnership with the National MISS Foundation, we are honored to bring you one more way that you can participate in the Kindness Project.
Members of the community who have lost a child at any age and from any cause are invited to join in a nation wide blood drive. It will be held across the country throughout the month of July, 2001. The drive is sponsored by the M.I.S.S. Foundation to promote the Kindness Project. The M.I.S.S. Foundations Kindness Project focuses on healing after a childs death by giving back to the community in memory of a special child. Family, friends, and community members who have been touched by the tragedy of a childs death are encouraged to participate.
This will be the second annual blood drive of its kind. We invite all community organizations to participate including, but not limited to: PS: My Baby Died, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Compassionate Friends, the SIDS Foundation, Parents of Murdered Children, Survivors of Suicide, and city police and fire departments. Go to your local hospital or Puget Sound Blood Bank during the month of July and give blood to give life. Families who participate and who contact the MISS Foundation are encouraged to write and share their story for the Kindness Project forum board (http://www.missfoundation.org/kindness).
If you are participating in this National Blood Drive, you may send a S.A.S.E. (self addressed stamped envelope) to:
The M.I.S.S. Foundation
10 Kindness cards will be sent to you. During the month of July, you can make an appointment with any Blood Bank or Hospital that has a Blood Center, and make a donation. You can make whole blood donations or platelet donations. After your donation, leave your Kindness card with the name of the child you are honoring. You can get 9 other individuals to do the same or do 9 other random acts of kindness in memory of the child you are honoring.
We also encourge you, after you make your blood donation, to send a quick email to Kara Jones, author of Mrs. Duck, at email@example.com. In this email let her know the name of the child you have honored with this donation, where you made your donation, and any other info you wish to share. SeattleMISS/KotaPress, MISS, and Mrs. Duck will be compiling a virtual honor garden for this Blood Drive. We hope to have it posted the first week in August. It is hosted here in the Loss section-- see the "featured" article title "Honored Children."
Nationwide, nearly more than 29,000 babies are stillborn 20,000 babies die within the first year of life and tens of thousands of children die from disease, child abuse, homicide, motor vehicle accidents, drowning, undeterminable causes, and suicide.
For additional information, call or email one of the following:
The following is a list of participating facilities:
CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
CITY OF HOPE NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
HOAG HOSPITAL MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN
HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
LONG BEACH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL MED. CTR., ROSCOE BLVD. CAMPUS
PRESBYTERIAN INTER-COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
SAINT JOHNS HEALTH CENTER
UCI Medical Center
UCLA MEDICAL CENTER
San Diego Blood Bank
American Red Cross
North Seattle Center
Mobile Drives in Washington:
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