Thursday, November 1, 2012
For the past 6 or 7 years I've been a pretty regular blood donor through the American Red Cross. At my old company, we used to hold blood drives right in our office every 8 weeks, so it was pretty easy and convenient to donate. Though I retired from there 2 years ago, I still usually make it back for their blood drives. Unfortunately, the last blood drive, scheduled for late September or early October was cancelled at the last minute, so I haven't given blood in a few months. Today I went on line and searched for a local blood drive. I found one being held at a Knights of Columbus hall a few towns over, so I was able to stop in and donate this afternoon.
Giving blood is one of those things that I really enjoy doing. To be honest, I'm embarrassed to admit how many years I didn't give blood, and for no legitimate reason. I simply didn't do it. Once I began, and I realized just how easy it is, and also realized just how important it is as well, I became committed to regular donations. While I understand that some people have health reasons that prevent them from being regular donors, there's no reason most of us shouldn't be giving blood as close to every 8 weeks as possible. It's desperately needed, it's free, it doesn't take a long time, it's painless, and our bodies replace what we've donated anyway. Count me in for this one any chance I get.