Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. But less than thirty-eight percent of the population is eligible to give blood.
I can’t remember when my husband began to donate blood. He is one of the 7% who have O negative blood, which is safe for anyone to receive. His blood is most often sent to the local Children’s hospital. His veins don’t want to cooperate and often shift or hide when the time comes to donate.
My veins are large and my blood flows freely. But we learned right away that no one wants my blood. Hepatitis when I was nine years old closed that door to me forever. But for those who can give the gift of life, it is very rewarding.
I pint of blood can save up to three lives. And if it goes to a Children’s hospital it can save even more.
Blood can only come from volunteer donors. It cannot be manufactured.
Here is what others say:
I am a Red Cross blood donor that won't give up. I tried to give blood when I was 18, but was declined in both my junior and senior high school years. Once I got to college, I was deferred again. I was finally able to give blood and have given twice. I love donating blood. The thought of being able to help save three people’s lives every time I go makes me feel like a better person.
Brenda had 14% chance to live.
In 2010' my blood stopped working. The red blood cells would not grow, or replace themselves. I had a 14% chance to live! I had blood disease, and sepsis too. All this happened within 45 minutes on an ordinary day....I always donated blood, but; that one day? I became a recipient, and I thank all those who donated blood. I am alive and can love and be with my 4 kids! They already lost one parent, but you donors? Saved the other, me, their momma. Thank you from my heart!
Donating Blood-American Red Cross
Amanda's First Time Donating Blood - Blood Donor Clinic
This information was gleaned from http://www.redcrossblood.org/
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Can you make this your year to give the gift of life?