Do you weight at least 110 lbs?
Are you 18 years old or older?
If so there is a good chance that you can be a blood donor to The American Red Cross.
I gave blood for the first time in college. Then when I started working at One Nashville Place they held a blood drive several times a year and I always tried to give then. Now even though our office is not at One Nashville Place we still get the invite to donate blood when they are having a drive. Mark, Jeryl and I try to make it a point to go there.
As a child I remember that my grandmother was always a volunteer at the blood drives. My sister volunteered some too. My uncle donated every time that they would allow him to. I can't say that I am dedicated to go every 56 days but I do go when there is a drive close by.
Each time that you give blood you give a pint.
Each pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.
If you give a pint of blood every 56 days, then you could give 6.5 times each year.
Your blood could help save 19 people a year.
Just think - if you gave blood every 56 days (time that you have to wait between donations) from the time you turned 18 until you were 40 your blood could have already saved over 400 people.
How amazing is it that a little time out of your schedule and a little blood that you will regenerate can save that many people?
I think it is amazing because on average every 2 seconds someone in the US is in need of a blood donation to help keep them alive and one day it maybe me or you.Check out the facts on the American Red Cross link above. If you CAN give blood -then why not?
Ok - So for whatever reason I can't get this picture up and down. But here is my chili bowl that I was given for donating today and my bandaged arm.
Happy Day Everyone!