Sunday, January 16, 2011

Get Pumped - Give Blood

I just finished taking pictures at one of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Mobile Food Initiatives, and will have pictures to share with you later this week! Since I am out of town and can't quite get to the pictures today, like I would like to, I thought I would do a post about another easy way for you to donate! 


During my good old days at Portage Central, I was in Student Council and we hosted a Blood Drive every year. At the time, I wasn't old enough to actually give blood, but the Student Council helped by checking people in, talking them through the whole "needle" part, escorting them to the snack table after, and handing out snacks. 

It was always a great day because we got to miss class all day...but really, it was awesome to see so many people that came in to donate!

When I got to GVSU, I started trying to donate every time I could when their was a Blood Drive on campus. It was great because I could go between classes or before work because it was right there. It was easy.

Me giving blood on my ASB'07 trip

So, sticking with my theme with the blog here....I unfortunately have let that tradition die with graduating college. And that's silly. It's such a simple thing to do (as long as you're not afraid of needles!) and it can save lives!

The only time giving blood hurt...on an ASB trip in '07 when the nurse couldn't find a "good vein." This was THE ONLY time this has ever happened to me, I promise! It doesn't hurt usually...

Click here to find a blood drive near you and schedule an appointment! I would definitely recommend making an appointment so you don't have to wait in line :) Depending on if you make an appointment or not, the whole process can take around an hour, but you actually are only giving blood for about 10 minutes. 

One pint of YOUR blood can save up to SIX lives. You donate about one pint each time you donate, and you can donate every fifty six days. 

That means you can donate SIX times a year.

That also means you can help save THIRTY SIX people in one year.

Be the change. Make the difference. 

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