Saturday, March 9, 2013
What can almost all of us do to literally help save lives? Hint: It's easy, painless, free, and doesn't take much time. That's right - we can give blood. I'm embarrassed to say that for many years I never gave blood. And not for any good reason at all. I simply didn't do it. Then our office started holding blood drives every 8 weeks and I figured I really had no excuse for not helping out. Since then, I try to give a minimum of 5 or 6 times each year, and I always feel good when I do.
Today was one of those opportunities. A month or so ago a friend sent me an invitation to donate at a blood drive being held at her church. It was about time for me to give, so I signed up to participate in today's event. From what I'm told, my blood type, O negative, is the kind that can be used by anyone so it's in particular demand. Given that our bodies replace the lost blood pretty quickly, it's hard to think of a reason not to help in this way, for the vast majority of people who are able to. I was glad to do my part today, and look forward to doing it again in another 8 weeks.