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Donating Blood Today

Updated on October 11, 2011

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What Does It Take to Be A Hero Today?

You don't have to be a millionaire or billionaire to be a hero today. You can do something today that doesn't cost a thing and helps save lives and you actually get credit for it. It takes about 1/2 an hour and you get a free blood test. You simply donate blood. I believe the blood bank calls me about every six weeks. But I have stores and stores of credits in the blood bank. And there is always a short supply of blood. This is especially true during wars and for people who are rare blood types.

Because I am known as a Universal donor I get calls frequently. But it has been the one thing I have been able to consistently do during this war to help our military.

It is relatively painless. It is free. They do a blood analysis and you get blood bank credits in case you need blood.

There are some limitations which I will include a link to the guidelines but they are few.


Where to Donate?

You can often find out where the Red Cross mobile blood units are and then just donate there or you can call you local Red Cross and find out where a local blood drive is taking place. Once you are in the system they will call and remind you to come in and give blood. They are very kind about but they do depend on blood donations which are down lately.

Giving blood is something you can do for your fellow citizen that doesn't cost you and thing and makes you feel wonderful.

Tragedy Does Have A Class Seperation

When tragedy strikes it does not know class separation. All the money in the world isn't going to save you if you need blood and there is none. And we all feel hopeless and scared in tragedy. Knowing that there are people out there who give blood to help save each other's lives without regard to socio-economic status is the one minute in which we are unified. In tragedy we are all human and the best we can do is to be with our brothers and sisters through their tragedies. When giving blood you will accomplish this goal.

It is1/2 hour of your time and you will be saving lives. The question is why wouldn't you give blood? It is such a simple thing. If you can't serve on the front line of a battle field send blood for those who do so they can find their way home to their families.


Universal Donors

If you are a Universal Donor or don't know if you are a universal donor of give blood at least once so they can identify your blood type. There is a significant shortage of universal donor's blood in the USA. Universal Blood donations are desperately needed.

The Day Being A Donor Paid Off For Me

When you do any charity we all are a bit cynucal. I mean we give something and get nothing in return and the peope funnigt he charities live like Knsg. Most of the time we scold ourselves for being generous and hate ourselves. But we do iy despite the corrition in certain charities. When Haiti had the Earthquake the Blood bank was on me oj the way in and out of the grocery store. In Florida you are always getting it up for blood. So you get compassion fatigue. You just get sick of giving so much.

Amd you never ever think it will ever do any good. But when my Mom had Cancer surgery we had more then enough blood to cover her transfusions. She still died of cancer later on but it was of consolation that we had blood for her. It was something we could do when we felt completely helpless. And in that moment I was so grateful I had given blood and so graetful that other had given blood. And I realized that whatever our existence is we are all in it together. We are not alone in our weakest moment or in our happiest day. We have each other and that provided me a great deal of comfort. Thank good we all haven't become so cynical that we have abandoned helping each other.

And that is the day giving blood paid off for me. And as soon as I am settled in my new life I will be right back at it. Because I want to be there for someone else who feels alone, afraid and abandoned in their miserable plight. I want my blood to save their life and spring eternal optimism.

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    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi netracer87,

      I miss my Mom very much. And when asked to give blood everyone thinks they will never need it as it will never be them that is hurt injured or ill. But the truth is we all need help sometimes. That day came for me when my Mom needed blood and we had all donated.

      And you can literally save another person's life with a blood donation. A little pain in the arm is well worth saving another human beings life. And sometimes, not in my Mom's case, your life or your family's life can be saved.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providin feedback.

      JT

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      netracer87 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for writing about blood donation and I'm sorry about your mom. I hope this hub will encourage more people to do donate blood. I'm quite scared of needles and have only donated blood once when mobile blood bank arrived at my work many many years ago. I'll have to consider doing it again...

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Goodnight Lyns.

      JT

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      lyns 

      6 years ago from USA

      Your welcome and thanks for sharing the information as well, I am just going to bed, so you have a great day.

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback.

      JT

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      lyns 

      6 years ago from USA

      Very good article and interesting, thanks for sharing.

      lyns

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