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Making A Difference: 4th Annual Blood Drive

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American Red Cross unloading.

  Knowing that a small gesture of appreciation can go a long way possibly change a life.  Isn’t it a great feeling to know that your efforts have made a difference?

Yep, we think so, too.

Today, in honor of Red Cross Month, Lou Fusz Buick GMC is holding its 4th annual blood donation drive within the dealership.  The drive is open to all employees and also to customers who want to make a contribution to the American Red Cross.  The drive was announced as being open to the public in hopes of getting as many people to donate as possible.

Our office manager Beth Meister and body shop receptionist Stephanie Watson are responsible for heading up the event and both explained why the drive is so important to the dealership.  “We’re always looking for ways to do our part and give back to our community.” Stephanie says.   This is our fourth year having this blood drive and It’s just part of our conscious effort to be support people in need of blood,” says Beth.

Also, General Manager Randy Fusz expresses that this is just the tip of the iceberg.  “I plan on having at least four events this year.  I want to have blood drives every quarter and get us participating in other events as the year progresses.”

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All set up in the showroom.

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Salesman Nick Demaso donating.

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More Fusz Crew donating.

The Red Cross website gives tons of insight to all of the different options that are available for people and/or businesses interested in contributing.  It also provides some very interesting facts about blood needs, supplies, donors and the donation process.  According to the website:

  • Every TWO SECONDS, someone in the United States is in need of blood.
  • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people
  • The blood type most often requested in hospitals is Type O.  This is because  Type O  red blood cells can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Considered the “universal donor”, only 7% of people in the United States have this blood type.

I understand that everyone is not able to donate for various different reasons.  However, I would really suggest that anyone who is willing and able to give blood to do so.  It’s very inspirational to think of the fact that a mere 30 minutes of your time dedicated to this process could potentially save THREE LIVES.  What fuels you to donate?  Leave us a comment and let us know why.

For more information about Red Cross and donating, please visit www.redcrossblood.org.  

 

 

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‘Tis The Season

Andy Williams said it best when he says:

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”
“There’ll be kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be in GOOD CHEER”
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

I agree, the Christmas holiday season is considered the most wonderful and highly festive seasons of the year. There’s nothing like tree trimming, the return of St. Nick, lights and decorations, spending time with family and friends…maybe even some Christmas bonuses to put you in the holiday spirit.  It has the power to make the most cantankerous “Bah! Humbug!-er” find a soft spot.

The Christmas holiday also brings out the charitable sides of people and businesses.  We’re all familiar with the bell ringers of the Salvation Army braving the elements for contributions from passersby. Also, we’ve all heard “it is better to give than to receive”, and as eager as everyone is to receive, the demand to give is always much higher. It is extremely unfortunate that there is a huge population of people that are not fortunate enough to experience the magic and joys of the holiday and may be dependent on the kindness of others.

Not to pat ourselves on the back of anything, but here at Lou Fusz Buick GMC, we are doing amazing things this holiday to change the lives of those in need.  Through the St. Louis County Government Adopt A Family Holiday Project, we are making it a goal to do as much as we can to give four needy families a very special Christmas.  For this project, we are collecting clothing, toys, canned goods, boxed foods, personal care items and cleaning supplies to distribute to the families for the holiday season.  

But wait….THERE’S MORE.

On November 14th, we began a 50/50 drawing. Twice a week, employees are donating from $1 up to $10 for a chance to win 50% of the money collected with the other 50% going to purchase items for the four adopted families.  The drawing will be running until December 14th and as of today, we have collected almost $700 of our $1,000 goal.  LET’S GO, FUSZERS!  Come outta them pockets!!!
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If you’re looking to contribute, organizations such as The Salvation Army, The Red Cross and St. Louis Foodbank are great to contacts for information.  Remember that it’s never too late to donate to a needy family through a charity or doing your own leg work and donating directly.  It is so easy to get swept up in the commercialism of the holidays and providing a great Christmas for you and yours.  Let’s also make it a goal to do something special for someone else.  Who knows?  It could really make a difference.