Self-Care Challenge (Day 9): Giving Blood

BloodmobileI hate to admit it, but giving blood is something I usually only think about when I drive past a bloodmobile. I think to myself, “I really need to give blood,” but rarely give it another thought until…you guessed it, until I see another bloodmobile.

The simple act of giving blood can save lives. In fact, just one pint of blood–roughly one pound–can save 3 lives. Most of us can spare a pound, right? And those who give regularly, waiting at least 8 weeks between whole blood donations, could save 18 lives a year.

Yesterday I decided to stop looking at the bloodmobiles and actually donate. It was simple and I was done in under an hour. The staff expected to collect about 10 pints over a 3-hour period–that’s 30 lives when you really think about it!

“It feels good to give” is the slogan used by the American Red Cross. They’re right: It certainly does! The act of giving (blood or otherwise) doesn’t just benefit the receiver. Giving connects us with other people in a special way.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and others guidelines for giving blood, click here.

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