Why I donate blood
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Today I donated a pint of blood in the hopes that it will contribute to the health and well being of someone I may never know. I started donating at the age of 17 while in high school - then because it was a cool thing to say you did! I went to a military college where we were scheduled to participate in donations 3x per year and could only abstain if you were an in season varsity athlete or were medically disqualified to do so. During those times, it was a requirement, something to be dreaded, and certainly didn't come from my heart. But following college, I realized that I wanted to continue to be a donor of my own free will and found myself donating at least 2-3x per year. This followed me past the military and through a few different corporate locations. I stopped counting how many pints, how many gallons years ago. I don't need accolades or pins marking key benchmarks to know that what I do counts. I just think of the person who may desperately need the blood that took less than an hour of my time to give and it makes it all worthwhile. I'm the type of donor that the staffs of the various places I donate to cringe when they see my veins! My veins are little party animals and love to jump all over the place making it a bit difficult to find and usually requiring a couple of tries. Yeah, that hurts a bit, but so what? Is a little bit of discomfort enough to keep me from doing the right thing? Heck no!
Think about all the folks in your life who have needed blood at some point. Are you not grateful that someone took the time and effort to donate just a pint? Everytime you hear of natural disasters, think of the need for blood. Everytime it's a holiday season and car accidents are on the rise, think of the need for blood. Make it part of your New Year's resolutions to do something that will truly count this year.
I have been given a new lease on life through completely changing my attitude towards living a healthy lifestyle. Donating blood is just a tiny way of my saying thanks to God for current good health! Give life, give blood!