Save Lives: Give Blood (or money/time/publicity)

I remember the first time I heard about donating blood. It was in my government class in junior year of high school. My teacher promised extra credit to students who could beat his donation time, i.e., the time it took to donate a pint of blood. I wasn’t eligible at that time, but it was my first exposure that I was carrying something around every day that could save lives.

I stopped while I was pregnant both times and while I was nursing, but now that my body is more or less mine again, I donate blood every eight weeks.

I donate in honor of:

  • My friend’s wife, who had breast cancer and leukemia, who received blood products for a year
  • My mother-in-law, who got a blood transfusion after having stomach surgery
  • My friend, who got a blood transfusion when she hemorrhaged after giving birth to her daughter

There is a great need for voluntary blood donors:

  • 1 pint (one donation) can save up to three lives
  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood

If you are interested in donating blood, but don’t know where to go, click to find local Red Cross.

I understand that some people may be concerned that donating blood hurts. To me, it feels like a hard pinch, considerably less painful than giving birth, being head-butted by my daughter, or stubbing my toe.

There’s usually free water, juice, and cookies. In the past I’ve also gotten a free AMC movie ticket, coupons to local restaurants and stores, and free T-shirts.

If you aren’t eligible to donate, or would prefer to help in other ways, there are many opportunities. You can:

  • Donate money or volunteer your time at a center
  • Organize a blood drive with your church group, book club, mommy group, etc.
  • Wear some swag to encourage people to donate (I have a license plate frame from my local blood bank)
  • Tweet or post reminders on Facebook for your followers and friends to donate (Anne Wheaton invited her Twitter followers to honor her birthday by donating blood.)

I will be turning 40 years old in a few months. I would be honored if people would donate blood (or money, or time, or publicity for a blood bank). There are over 16 weeks until the end of the year, which means those willing could donate blood twice in that time.

Would you be willing to donate in some way to a blood center by the end of this year?

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8 thoughts on “Save Lives: Give Blood (or money/time/publicity)

  1. Mara Migraineur August 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I am certainly willing to donate *something* by the end of the year. They will no longer accept my blood so thank you for the reminder that there are other ways to donate!

  2. Lovelyn August 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm Reply

    I’ve tried to donate several times before but because of the mad cow situation in England like a million years ago, I’m not allowed. We travel back and forth too much. I never thought of volunteering though. That might be an option for me.

    • Frankie Laursen August 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm Reply

      I’m sorry you’re not eligible to donate blood, but I do hope you can find a way to volunteer that works for you. You seem like a pretty funny and cheerful person to be around, and very helpful.

  3. ks August 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm Reply

    You’re wonderful!

  4. Robyn August 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm Reply

    This post has inspired me. I’m heading in to donate on Monday. Free juice and cookies? I will pretty much always show up for that!

    • Frankie Laursen August 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply

      That’s great! I hope you’ll share this post with other people. Maybe one of them can join you.

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