I am a huge proponent for consistent Blood Donation. It’s something that I feel strongly about and I share with people every chance that I get. I want to share a little something with you...if you are a blood donor, you are literally helping to save a life and in my eyes you are a hero, a champion, a protector and a warrior. Basically, you are a badass.
We walk through this life just trying to survive from day to day but it’s the moments when we stop thinking of ourselves and focus on others that our humanity shines through.
Please understand that I know that not everyone can give blood. I understand that there are those who can’t for health reasons or due to fear of needles, etc. But even you can help by reaching out to a friend and asking them to give because you cannot.
Here are a few statistics (www.redcrossblood.org) that note just how important your donation is:
1 donation can potentially save up to 3 lives.
Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.
Blood and platelets can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer donors.
Blood donors can give every 56 days. Platelet donors can give every 7 days.
Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood.
Here’s a myth that I’d personally like to help to quell: You can’t donate if you have tattoos and/or piercings. This is not true. I have multiple tattoos and piercings and I still donate multiple times a year. Things to note however, it’s important that you get your work done in a shop that uses single use needles and that you are honest on the blood donation intake form.
So what’s my type? I am O+. I can donate to O+, A+, B+, AB+. Information is power and I’m grateful to know my blood type, who I can help and the blood types that can help me if I should ever need it. Do you give blood? I’d love to hear all about your why and and what you do to encourage others to do the same.
Gail Anderson, CGO
(Chief Giving Officer)
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My newest segment on the Instagram page is called “Why I Give Back Wednesdays”. Each week, a new person will be highlighted as they tell us why they Give Back. I need your help to move it forward. If you’d like to share why you Give Back, please send a video 60 seconds or less to firstname.lastname@example.org.