Taking a step back from my design-minded life, I’d like to give a shout out to the great people and volunteers of the Red Cross. Today I’m donated blood. I try to do so as often as they allow me because it has become a positive habit in my life. Realistically it’s my wife fault. Bridget is O negative, universal donor, but she was in the UK during Mad Cow season and therefore can’t donate. So, I go in her stead. I don’t love needles and I have even had some bad donations along the way, but no matter what occurs I always know that my time and blood is worth it. Just to give you some facts from the Red Cross site:
- Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
- Across the country, blood centers are struggling to keep pace with demand. Nationwide, an average 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. When disaster strikes, this need may be even greater.
- A single blood donation can help save more than one life.
So even though you might be frightful or uneasy about the idea of donating, take some time and really think about it because it’s the small things that combine to make the biggest of impacts.
Schedule your next appointment — www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.