Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? Why not start off the New Year right, by saving a life?
According to the American Red Cross, January as been known as National Blood Donor Month since 1970. I know a lot of people are squeamish about giving blood. The veins, the blood, the needles. I get that. I used to be a little creeped out by the idea of giving blood myself. But that all changed when I started giving after I turned 17. I’ve now donated blood (and platelets) many many times and I can assure you it’s not as scary as it seems.
Just drink plenty of fluids the day before, eat a hearty meal the day of, and stay lying down until you feel OK to sit up.
As an added incentive (if you need an incentive, more than saving a life!), many blood drives offer little perks or prizes for donating. Over the past few years I’ve received, tee-shirts, Starbucks gift cards, Mets tickets and more. In fact, the NY Blood Center offers a “Donor Advantage Program” which gives you a certain number of points per donation. Save up those points and you can trade them in for prizes and charitable donations. I’ve even heard of some states where it’s legal to get paid for donating blood.
So, if you have a few minutes and a big heart, pop by your local blood donation center. I don’t know any other way you can save a life in less than an hour.
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