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Give Blood

Meghan Neal

Not all of us have room in our wallet to donate to charity, or room in our schedule to volunteer weekly. Most of us will never find ourselves in that perfect place at the perfect time to be on the hero end of a heroic rescue. But there's one thing we all have in equal abundance: blood. And every two seconds, somebody needs some. It takes just an hour to donate, and though it's abstract to think about, it can literally save a life—at least one. Not to mention the free juice and cookies.

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  • jenhejt

    Sadly, this is one to-do I can't do, as I had hepatitis as a kid and am now blacklisted from blood donations... :(

  • Lee Grieve

    tried to do this today! a drop in centre was so overwhelmed that we have to wait a month to donate! Good news for blood supplies, going to have to wait a while before I can cross this off my to-do list.

  • D Braxton

    Great Also To Give Blood Once Of Fully Positivity And Having The Respect For LIFE EVERYWHERE. Helping Is Always A Option To Help In Anyway Necessary To Every Life Around. Unity & Change (Hidden Beauty) Are In Everyone.

  • sarah.muller2

    This is absolutely important, but an item that I cannot "DO". I tried giving blood twice in my life, and both times I fainted. My solution to this was to go in and sign up to be a bone marrow donor. At least I am in their database!

    • Jessica De Jesus

      Sarah— I think it's amazing that you kept trying, and yet not being able to didn't stop you from finding an alternative to contribute. I think it's commendable that you've signed up to become a bone marrow donor. It's a database that is super tough to grow because of its complexity, but it's people like you who continue to give bone marrow recipients hope.

  • graceadams830

    I gave back in January--won't again until May most likely.

  • rebeccaweger

    It makes me sad that this was offered as if it were a suggestion anyone could get up and do. Only 39% of the US population is eligible. Aside from the many medications and circumstances that prevent people from giving blood, the FDA still prohibits all gay and bisexual men from giving blood. Any women who have had sex with a man who has ever had sex with another man must wait a year. Contact the FDA or your members of congress to advocate for a change.

  • Anatomy of Data

    It's a fantastic illustration! We've recently posted an infographics about certain blood facts, to make us more aware of the blood transusion issue, it's on our site: http://www.anatomyofdata.com/ . Banks are in need of blood that is, nomen omen, most popular, co let's share our blood generously!

  • srg

    I've given blood many times. But since they won't take blood from gay men (which I'm not, in case it matters), I'm not feeling so generous lately. Can't the Red Cross test the blood, or ask people if they've been tested for HIV? Do they test for all of those other diseases they mention, or just trust that they're telling the truth?