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Holiday Donation Idea: Blood

Over the Summer I read about a surprising side affect of the recession: blood drive donations were down. Fewer employees hiding out in cubicles translated to fewer arms available to give blood. Blood banks around the nation suffered a second blow this Fall due to swine flu outbreaks, when many blood drives at schools as well as businesses were canceled due to a high volume of absenteeism credited to the H1N1 virus.

In light of the dwindling blood supply, why not give a charitable gift this year that truly keeps on giving. You can donate blood. Think of it as an altruistic twist on the vampire phenomenon sweeping the nation. Not sure what to expect? Here are a few details on giving blood for the first time.

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gluegun gluegun 7 years
I love this! Great idea Fit!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I'm with Autumns, I have a fear of needles combined with panic attacks, I couldn't if I tried. I recently went in for blood work since I was losing my insurance. I feel terrible for the people who helped me... they were so nice, but I was difficult. I started to cry, I was shaking violently... then once it was in, I started to feel faint (they took quite a bit of blood) and started dry heaving. My blood work came back perfect, wish I could give :(
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
I would love dad donates every 6 weeks. But I am too tiny and I tend to be anemic.
biarose biarose 7 years
I tried to donate blood earlier this year but they said my weight was too low
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I wish I could donate, but I don't weigh enough. It's a great idea if you can, though. It can save a lot of lives.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I've tried, but unfortunately my veins are too small. The needle just goes right through to the other side. They get no blood, and I get a big bruise for a few weeks.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
Wonderful suggestion. I volunteer for Red Cross and there is always a need for blood, especially during the winter, when donations drop off anyway. If you can, please donate.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
I have my appt this Saturday. I'm the only one in my family that donates. My mom is banned for life, my dad's scared of needles, and my sister is always rejected do to iron (which is sad, because the iron check is the part that hurts, not the needle in the arm). I used to have allergy shots as a child twice a week, so I learned how to deal with needles: LOOK AWAY. Then you won't see it when they stab you, you won't tense, and it'll be less painful since your body is relaxed. It's easier for your body if you've been working out. The easiest recovery I've ever had was after I picked up exercising. I felt like I could exercise an hour later, even though I was told not to. Previously, I almost feinted afterwards, and was weak all day.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
that is such a great gift, Autums_!! I give blood regularly and try and take a friend with me each time I go... I still do get scared or nervous sometimes so it is nice having a pal, and I try and introduce people to donation.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I wish I could give blood. I have a HUGE fear of needles and have a panic attack even when I go in for my yearly flu jab. I figured a good way to help others without the associated needles was to be a registered organ donor.
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