With so many errands to run and presents to track down, it can be easy to overlook the spirit of the holidays. It’s important to spread joy and show your loved ones how much you care; but, don’t forget to take time for those who are less fortunate and unable to provide for themselves. Here are just a few different ways that you can make a difference in the lives of people who truly need your help.
There are a number of ways you can bring a smile to the face of people in the grips of illness. Think about what your special talents and what ways you’d like to serve. Perhaps you play a musical instrument, or you’re an expert crafter, or maybe you’d like to read to children – whatever way you choose – know that someone out there will appreciate your efforts more than you realize.
Also, remember that hospitals treat patients around the clock. You can plan around your busy work schedule and find a window of time to dedicate to helping others.
Every child deserves to feel special, particularly on a big holiday like Christmas. Unfortunately, with expensive medical bills, many parents simply cannot afford to provide gifts for their little ones. Things like DVDs, stuffed animals, video games, or electronics all make great gifts. It may seem like a small gesture, but for a family in need, outside help lessens the financial responsibilities associated with gift giving.
Organizations like the American Red Cross look for blood donors year-round. Every time an individual donates blood, they are literally saving lives. Nearly all people can comfortably spare some blood without any adverse side effects. Those who do experience temporary lightheadedness or dizziness.
Giving blood is particularly important if you a universal blood type. O blood types (positive and negative) are universal, meaning that can be transfused to any blood type.
Give back to those who serve and sacrifice for our great nation. Organizations like the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) help soldiers get back on their feet after they return home from duty.
Two popular ways to help include: providing hospitals with assistance and finding meaningful ways to thank the vets for their services. Hospitals, nursery homes and clinics all rely upon volunteers to perform small, but important tasks. Appreciation for vets can also come through assistance with housework, yard work, grocery shopping, or just being a friend and lending a sympathetic ear.
Many of today’s advances are direct results of clinical studies, and because of the diligent work of researchers, people have lived longer and healthier lives. These trials are the testing grounds for the future therapies available to the American public, and the medications that help improve drug management.
Clinical trials generate new scientific findings, leading to new innovations that can change the future of modern medicine. Additionally, improved medical care and treatment options for common diseases like diabetes, leukemia and lymphoma can truly impact millions of people.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please tell us a little more about yourself in the Contact section of the home page and we will respond to you to determine your eligibility for current and future studies.