During my senior year of school I donated blood for the first time. I was so excited to do something so important. About an hour later, I apparently turned green in Biology class and remember my teacher holding my hand while they waited for the wheelchair. He was telling everyone that reactions like this to blood donations are all in your head. That I really wasn’t ill. I can tell you that I fibbed a bit on the weight so I probably shouldn’t have given at all that day. You have to be 110 pounds to donate and I was about 100 at that time (oh the days). Sure I lied, but I wanted to give. To help. To save a life. Corney maybe, but true.
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The other day I got an email asking to get some of my Girl Scouts to help volunteer at a local blood drive. They needed the girls to walk around the Farmer’s Market and get people to go to the Bloodmobile parked on the street.
I used to work for the American Red Cross over a decade ago (yikes!). I took blood from volunteers. During my time I was so impressed with people of all walks of life donating blood, in essence giving life. While walking around the market last week talking to people, it amazed me of the responses from people.
“It hurts to bad.”
“I need my blood.”
“No one wants my blood.”
Worse were some of the looks people gave us without bothering to even use words.
The girls walked a lot and moved out of their comfort zone, learning how to make a “pitch” and asking people to donate. It is not easy. We came up with a few jingles that we didn’t use, but got a good laugh over. One was “Lose some weight, Donate today.” Another was ” Save Bella, Donate today.” Good times!
I thought I would share a few facts to help encourage others to donate blood:
*Every blood donation has the potential to help (possibly save the life) of three different people.
*It will take about an hour of your time.
*All needles used are new, clean, safe.(Yes, some people are still afraid of getting AIDS from giving blood)
* It really isn’t painful. Just a stab at first…come on a little poke. It’s more painful to have a splinter dug out!
Check out if you are eligible to give. Here is a great page to learn about blood, it even has games!
I encourage you all to think about donating blood in the next few months. Not all of us are able to due to health conditions and such, but if you can, please give it a try.
Have you ever donated blood? What were your thoughts about the process and how did you feel afterwards? I am scheduled to donate at BlogHer11 in a couple of weeks, after the 5K run thankfully!
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(I am not affilated with the American Red Cross, nor was I asked to blog about this. I just like the idea of helping others!)