I did it.

I gave blood. And guess what? It was easy. I think that if you’re able, you should give blood, too.

Why? Well, check this out:

Every two seconds, someone needs blood – Every minute, patients use more than 36 units of blood or blood products. Every day approximately 40,000 units of blood are used throughout the country.
The blood supply needs constant replenishment – Every day more people are diagnosed with illness such as cancer, leukemia and sickle cell disease, all which utilize blood for treatment. In treating chronic disease and illness, many people may require up to 200 units of blood.
One pint of blood can help up to three people – Each unit of blood can be separated into four components – red cells, plasma, cryoprecipitate and platelets. These components can help as many as three different hospital patients.
Nearly all blood used for transfusion in the United States is drawn from volunteer donors – Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be donated every 7 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. Plasma can be donated every 28 days.
There is no substitute for human blood – Despite all the research, there has been no replacement of human blood found.

(Information taken from the Indiana Blood Center)

Donation is easy and practically painless. First, you answer some simple questions about your medical history. Then your pulse and blood pressure are taken, and you have a finger prick test to check your iron levels. If everything checks out, then you donate. It’s painful for just an instant when the needle is inserted, and then the painful part is over.

After you donate, refreshments. They MAKE you eat cookies and drink juice. How awesome is that? After five days, I was able to go online and see my cholesterol level. Good information to have.

Go to the Indiana Blood Center website and find a blood drive near you. If you have questions about your eligibility, just ask them! I asked a question for a friend and got an answer back in less than 24 hours.

I donated in honor of Melanie, the Coupon Goddess. Who in your life has benefited from blood donation? Go out and give in honor of them today!