Have you ever wanted to save a life? Help someone? Make a difference? Well, all three of these ambitions can be accomplished in one quick, easy action. Can you guess what this action may be? You probably have no idea, as people do not realize the effects of this common action. Well, it just so happens that this action is the simple act of donating blood.
Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. To be exact, according to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone has a need for blood. The only source of that blood is from a volunteer donor, a person like you and I who makes the choice to donate. Currently, in the United States only three out of every 100 people donate blood. Did you know though that one pint of blood, which is the amount given during most blood donations, can save up to three lives? I can guarantee that many people did not know that.
The process to donate blood is not a difficult one by any means and is not a long process, as it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to donate overall. When you arrive to the blood drive, you are given paperwork and a bit of information to read. You then proceed to have your vitals checked (pulse rate, temperature and blood pressure) and answer a series of questions. The questions are simple yes/no questions, which help to determine if you are able to donate blood because there are certain requirements to donate and certain aspects that prohibit donations. The iron level in your blood also is tested. Next, you move to the actual donation portion. After the donation is complete, you move to the refreshment table to refuel your body. As you can see, the process is pretty simple.
So have you ever donated blood? Hopefully, the answer to that question is yes. I have been donating blood ever since I reached the minimum age requirement of 16 years old. I couldn’t wait to donate blood because I knew that my blood was making a difference. The first time I gave blood was a little nerve-racking, however now the process is like a simple 1-2-3 to me. This past Tuesday, the American Red Cross held a blood drive on the University of Mount Union’s campus in the Mount Union Theatre. I, of course, donated my pint of blood and saved three lives. Might I add, I even received a Chipotle gift card!
Donating blood presents an easy way to help others and provides a good feeling after. So the next time a blood drives comes your way and you are presented with the opportunity to give, DO IT! If not for the purpose of saving three lives, then at least for the purpose of receiving a Chipotle gift card!
Click here to read more facts about blood from the American Red Cross.