I’m currently waiting out another 1-year deferral before I’m able to make another donation. Every time I leave the country, it’s an automatic 12 month wait before I can go to the Community Blood Center again. And since I went to the Philippines in March and Kenya later this year… it will be a while before I can donate again.
I DISLIKE needles. I always look away when they go to stick me and if I had to watch it may be a much different decision for me. But it’s only mildly painful, and it’s very important. The last time I went to donate, I read the one stat on one of the papers I filled out that really jumped out at me. That one is highlighted in red among the others I found on their website.
Why Give Blood
Blood donation is a community responsibility. While you’re reading this, a local area patient needs blood.
- Blood is needed every two seconds.
- About one in seven people entering a hospital needs blood.
- Blood is always needed for treatment of accident victims, cancer patients, hemophiliacs and surgery patients.
- Blood cannot be manufactured or harvested.
- Only 37 percent of our country’s population is eligible to give blood, and less than 10 percent donate annually.
And whenever my blood has been used, I get a voice mail letting me know that my blood was used to save a life. How cool is that?
Are YOU among the 37% who are eligible to give blood? When was the last time you did so? I hope that something you read here will stir you to action. Odds are there is a Community Blood Center pretty close to where you live. You can make an appointment online, and the whole process takes around an hour. Do you have an hour to spare… to help save a life?