There are many reasons to donate blood:
You burn 675 calories.
You get to lay down and sit still with no one needing anything from you for at least five minutes.
You get to save up to four lives every time.
Manic Mommy tells you to.
You get cookies and juice afterwards, which is just like going back to preschool.
They give you a sympathy sticker that you can use on loved ones and strangers for the rest of the day (or longer, if you lack scruples).
Many donation centers have frequent donor programs where you can earn prizes or get giveaways for donating once a quarter.
You get a blood pressure reading that doesn’t occur in a doctor’s office (ok, so for many people, the blood donation center probably doesn’t lower it below what you’d get at the doctor but I like to try to beat my blood pressure score every time I go).
And if you have a Heartland Blood Center near you, you can get free ice cream! Yep, this Thursday (today!) through Tuesday the 27th, Heartland is giving out $11 Oberweis (mmmm Oberweis!) gift cards to all donors.
How can you turn that down? Go donate, even if you’re just doing it to be greedy.