Have you ever donated blood?
Since my diagnosis with Type II diabetes in my late 20’s, it has been impossible for me to be a blood donor. With the advancements in technology, I have wondered why they have not yet been able to “purify” my blood, especially since my blood type is one of the rare ones.
In the country of my birth, Jamaica, there was a rumor that blood donors were given a Red Stripe beer and Milo. Not sure whether this was true and whether these beverages were given before or after donating. The idea of both appealed to me as beer drinking was not permitted at my age and the chocolate beverage was sometimes unaffordable in my household.
Blood donation is one of the best gifts, if not the best gift, one human can offer to another. One pint of blood (about 470ml) is all that is needed at any one time of donating. “After donation, your body has an amazing capacity to replace all the cells and fluids that have been lost.” (Source: NHS Blood and Transplant)
Creating A Culture of Giving
Those who “give” blood around the world will be celebrated this year by Nexcare Brands and the American Red Cross “with the theme Creating a Culture of Giving.” Both agencies have partnered with supermodel Niki Taylor for the annual Nexcare Give Programme. This is the seventh year of the programme but this year, a new bandage collection, inspired by patterns and textiles from cultures around the world, was launched.
According to the report on BlogsRelease, the programme “celebrates the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day on June 14. The aim is to encourage you who can to donate, to give at a time when “blood centers often face what is known as ‘summer shortages’, because fewer people donate blood due to schools being out of session and vacation schedules.”
9 Reasons to “Give”
Going over a list of 56 facts about blood donation, I wish they would accept mine. You can read the entire list, but here are the nine top ones for me:
- More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O. (This one has personal significance as my granddaughter was born premature and blood was needed.)
- Blood centers often run short of types O and B red blood cells.
- The rarest blood type is the one not on the shelf when it’s needed by a patient.
- There is no substitute for human blood.
- If all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event (The current average is about two.).
- If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.
A tenth reason, if you need one, is “those who come out to give blood with the Red Cross from Monday, June 8, through World Blood Donor Day, on Sunday, June 14, will receive a supply of this limited-edition Nexcare Give bandages, while supplies last.”
Friends, step up and give blood, and Speak Up and encourage others to give.
Sign up to receive the free Nexcare Give Bandages. Share your story of donating blood with me until Sunday June 14, 2015. Tweet me and be sure to use the hashtag #GiveInspires in your message to me and in all your posts on social media.
Save a life or two today!
Photo source: albumarium.com, nexcare.com and ncrc-redcross.com