Monday, September 8, 2008

Give Blood. Give Life.

Although standing on my soap box is not in my original Blog Plan, I want to take a moment to hop on it anyways and give a shout out to for people to get out and give blood.

According to the American Red Cross, 95% of Americans will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Only 5% of Americans give blood. Do the math. Admittedly, the conspiracy theorist in me has issues with statistics thrown out by groups touting their own needs. This is one case, though, when it doesn't bother me. There is a need. Our hospitals have blood for patients because people donate blood. Period. Think about 5 people you love. Now, think about losing one of them because the hospital didn't have enough blood. Could it happen? Who knows. I don't want to find out.

Give Blood. Give Life.


Frostfire said...

I wish I could. But the first time I gave blood, I passed out afterwards -- cost four of us a whole afternoon at work (we'd gone down to the local Red Cross center together, and they wouldn't let me leave for some time). The second time they got me down horizontal *just* before I passed out. They suggested I not come back ::wry g::.

Thursday said...

Do you have a Blood Bus or other handy-to-work donation place where you are now?

one-eared pig said...

Oh, Frostie, that sucks!

one-eared pig said...

Yes, we have a drive once a year during United Way Campaing Week. I wish they would come more regularly. I think I may have ot work on that.