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You don't need a dime to be a hero or wear a cape.

During Red Cross month many local area places will be accepting donations for blood. Each year many good individuals role up their sleeves to become heroes that save lives. The number of locations is many and usually you can find one very close to your home. This is the month when many area churches, schools, and other organizations have their annual blood drives during Red Cross month. You can visit or call 1-800-Red-Cross to find a donation center in your area. You can also check with your local area church or school. If your church or school is not having a blood donation drive during the month of April you can also contact the Red Cross or your local school to set up your own blood drive.

Summer is coming and the number of donations necessary for a blood drive are not the only donations needed this summer. Many area food banks do run low during the summer months when kids are out of school and the amount of assistance given to poor people such as lunch at school for their kids also causes a shortage at times at local area food pantries that are stressed the hardest. Just like blood is one of the things that is used more often during the summer months than any other time of the year local food pantries also run into shortages.

It is good news that the economy is recovering. However, many people have still had to accept lower paying jobs as a way to make ends meet. This leads to donations slipping for charitable organizations which have made it thru these hard times while helping many needed people get thru them too.

Now we are almost there to recovery there are still some work for all of us to do. Many times the best thing you can do to help yourself is to help others. Fear has driven what was a financial crisis on Wall Street to a crisis on Main Street as many are now just beginning to realize that the best way to help the economy is to do what needs to be done. Help your fellow man, go visit your favorite restaurant, order for delivery, go see a movie. Just get up and help yourself or someone else by living your life without the mass media making you feel like all the doom and gloom about the economy or the world is making both you and the economy sick. Sometimes the financial picture can be influenced by only one thing and that is your point of view of what the markets will hold tomorrow. The job market is improving. The stock market has reached new levels. The end of this recession is near. However, the lack of consumer confidence or the ability of others to help one another is still stressed out after many years of recession we must not forget we are all in this together.

Therefore, the best way to help Main Street America is to help others by giving blood, living your life as usual, go out and have a good time which will help the economy, try to buy American when possible, and remember "Today is the first day of the rest of your life and you can always help to save someone else's life by giving blood, donating food, or just taking the little woman out for the night and spread the money and joy around" Steve Adams MBA graduate.

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