14 and counting

As readers of my blog know I am a dedicated blood donor.  I am following in the footsteps of my mom who continues to donate today.  A few years ago I issued a challenge on my blog to try to motivate new people to donate.  Unfortunately the challenge was an epic fail, but I would still like to motivate people to consider donating.

This past Friday I reached the 14 gallon mark, or 112 pints. I’m proud of reaching that mark, but still have a long way to go to catch up to my mom.  Consider the following:

  • One pint of blood can save 3 lives
  • Five million US patients need blood every year
  • Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only be collected from donors

These are some of the best reasons to consider donating.  See the American Red Cross site for more facts about blood and the donation process. You can schedule an appointment right on their website.  I was able to donate my latest pint in the parking lot of my local Family Video store; it can’t get any more convenient than that (well actually having them come to your workplace is the most convenient). Consider becoming a hero.

Be a Hero. Donate today.



7 thoughts on “14 and counting

  1. Sadly, if you EVER have a false positive for hepatitis, you cannot donate ever again. My husband, who is O negative can no longer donate even though our doctor has assured us that neither of us ever had it (my blood type is not so rare, but I can no longer donate either). I have another friend who also has an odd blood type who can’t donate due to this problem. I understand that they need to have a safe blood supply, but why not have a process in place to re-check with a better quality test so that they can regain dedicated donors?

    • Ceil, I wasn’t aware that if you get a false positive you can never ever donate again. Before you know it, no one will be able to donate with such restrictions.

  2. Michele,

    You are right, having the Red Cross come to your workplace is very convenient.

    Which is what happens where I work.

    I am able to schedule my donation through a company website, which makes it so easy and convenient.

    I am able to give blood six times a year here at work. Which is basically the maximum allowed being that an individual is able to give a pint of blood every 56 days according to the Red Cross.

    • Richard, you’re lucky the Red Cross comes to your workplace so frequently. When I worked at Kodak it only came about 3 times per year. If I wanted to donate 6 times in a year I couldn’t always donate at work because the timing did not work out. I’ve made it a point to try and get 6 donations in per year, to maximize the amount I give.

  3. For anyone with scheduling challenges, consider making a ‘double red’ donation. Yes, each donation takes a little longer but the frequency for donations is reduced. Plus, the red blood cells are used differently than whole blood and actually helps more blood recipients! And there are even fewer people who actually make this type of donation so the demand is greater. The process can be a bit intimidating at first but it’s really not a big deal.

    • Ed, double red donations are great. Thanks for the reminder. Unfortunately I don’t qualify for double red so I’m stuck with the 6 times per year if I want to maximize my donations.

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