1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
My dear friends,
What a sad week this has been. On Tuesday morning I couldn’t seem to tear myself away from the TV. I watched the tragedy unfold at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon for many hours. Almost immediately after the attacks occurred, hospitals in the New York area told officials that the need for blood was very great. Hundreds of thousands of Americans all over the country who had been searching for a way to help the victims in Manhattan and Washington D.C. went to their local blood donation centers to give blood.
In this Real Life lesson, I wanted to talk about how to give blood. When I called the Red Cross to set up an appointment, I was unable to get through. Below is a recording of the message I received, and in the discussion that follows I will give you information on who is eligible to give blood, and how to do it.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Red Cross Message: Thank you for calling The American Red Cross blood donation line. We are profoundly grateful for the generous outpouring of support following the tragic events of September eleventh. As a result 1-800-GIVE-LIFE has been overwhelmed by the volume of calls. We urge you to be patient. One moment while we transfer your call. If you are unsuccessful in reaching a representative, we ask that you keep trying this number over the next few days to schedule a blood donation appointment. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your generosity and support.
Even though I wasn’t able to get in touch with anyone at the Red Cross to set up a donation appointment, I learned a great deal about giving blood from visiting the Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO GIVE BLOOD (U.S. Requirements)
If you are in good health, 17 years of age or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds, you will probably meet the medical requirements to give blood.
If you are sick, you may have to wait a few weeks to donate until your body is stronger.
HOW TO GIVE BLOOD
1. SCHEDULE. Call to schedule a blood donation. If you are in the US you can call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. The entire process should take about an hour.
2. REGISTER. Come to your appointment and bring identification so that you can register to donate.
3. SCREENING. A medical professional will take your vital signs and ask you questions about your general medical health and lifestyle in a private setting. All information is confidential.
4. DONATE. You lay quietly on a cot, while a medical professional will clean your arm and use a sterilized needle to draw blood.
5. RECOVERY. After you give blood, you will be asked to stay a minimum of 10 minutes. During this time, you will be served refreshments, including juice and cookies.
I encourage everyone to give blood, if possible. If you don’t live in the United States, you can learn more about where to give blood in your country by visiting the International Red Cross Web site at www.ifrc.org.
Sending you all peace and love,