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.