The use of the blood of one human being to save the life of another is one of the world’s greatest medical achievements. Thousands of people are alive today – happy children, young mothers, accident victims, and the elderly – who have survived major operations because blood and blood components were available to combat many types of diseases and other medical problems. While there will always be risks associated with blood transfusions, blood and blood products from healthy volunteer donors has proven to be much safer than blood from any other source. For this reason, your American Legion post should make every effort to recruit more healthy volunteer blood donors. In addition to making a significant contribution to the health and welfare of your community, donors receive the satisfaction of knowing they have helped someone who needed blood or a blood product.
The American Legion Blood Donor Program is a post level program. The Pennsylvania American Legion honors those posts that best participated in blood donation efforts, recognizing posts participation. The Post participation awards are given to posts with the highest number of donations. The Posts are separated into five categories according to membership size.
Legionnaires participate by giving blood and reporting it to their posts, which mark the donation on their annual Consolidation Post reports. Similarly, posts that host blood drives mark their participant on the Consolidation Post Reports, listing number of drives held and total pints donated (for Legionnaires and non-Legionnaires). The posts that win the awards are honored during Department Convention.