Thursday, May 22, 2008

Feeling Altruistic?

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.


Mabunny May 23, 2008 at 6:55 AM  

Good Morning Michelle!

Thanks for visiting my blog. I would love to help and donate blood, but because I've been on certain medications they won't let me:((

Thank you also for liking my corchet:)) If you have need of a baby blanket or hat or something, just let me know!!

Jules May 23, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

Hey Michelle:
Great post. So many centers will be short on blood this holiday. It's such a great gift to give. :)

Michelle May 24, 2008 at 9:59 PM  

MaBunny -- if it makes you feel any better, I was deferred the last two times I went, first for a skipping pulse (which was a one day issue apparently) and now because of low iron (how, I have no idea). Besides, you've got plenty of altruistic stuff on your plate already!

Jules -- there is sooo much need for blood all the time, especially since they keep tightening the restrictions. This weekend will definitely be a great need, although judging by the number of police cars I saw yesterday with people pulled over, maybe some will be scared straight and not cause more blood to be needed....

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