Hello to all of my wonderful readers. I would like to thank you for taking a few minutes with me today to discuss one of the most civic minded activities there is, giving blood. There are thousands and thousands of people injured everyday in dire need of some help. Many of them are injured through no fault of their own in automobile accidents or other damaging circumstances. These people rely upon life saving blood transplants. Many people do not realize it but there are lots of times when the blood banks do not have a full stock of fresh blood. They are often scrambling to make sure the supply lives up to the demand. This should not be necessary since there are many people who are able to give blood yet never take the opportunity.
When my Aunt, who was staying with us last year for 6 months learned that we were going to the local blood bank to give blood, she offered to come as well and donate. Whoa, that really knocked my socks off. Here my aunt from Australia was willing to donate blood, while thousands of people in the US do not. My hat off to you Aunt Faye.
Think about this. If you or a loved one were in an accident today and needed a transfusion, but there was not enough is stock to offer everyone what they needed, what would you do? There is not much you could do. In this you are really at the mercy of the people who are deciding to, or not to donate their blood. Let’s be honest, it is no great burden to take a few minutes out of your day and give blood. There is no real pain involved and you do produce the life giving liquid constantly. You will not miss what you donate and are not allowed to donate too often so there is no real reason not to.
Yet we find every year there is a shortage of usable blood some where. This is mainly due to the fact that the people in the area have not been donating. Much of the donated blood around the world never even makes it out of the very localized place where it was donated. This is one of those things that can really make a difference in a persons life. This could mean the difference between life and death. Please do you part for the community and consider the most valuable ways you can help. I am sure that given the chance to consider all things you will find that donating blood is one of the most civic minded things you can do.
Also remember that the accidents happen all of the time. Any persons life can be put in jeopardy through no fault of their own and by giving blood freely the life you save may one day be your own or at the very least that of some one that you care about tremendously. I hope this page has helped and I hope to see you in the chair next to me next time I am there donating.