The American Red Cross is consistently trying to encourage more Americans to donate blood. Although you may make excuses like you “don’t have the time” or “have a fear of needles”, maybe these six reasons will persuade you to do so:
1. The need is great. Cancer patients are the most common recipients of blood transfusions. But donations are used daily for surgery patients, accident victims, organ transplant recipients and burn patients-young and old.
2. You probably can. Donors usually have to be 17 years old in most states, there’s no upper age limit. Blood donors can give as often as every 56 days.
3. Older people can give blood more comfortably. Donors ages 50+ are less likely to have adverse reactions such as dizziness, lightheadedness, bruising, or fainting.
4. You may need blood at some time. Statistics show that 25% or more of us will need blood at least once in our lifetime. Why not give back before you need it-or give because someone has given to you?
5. You get a free mini-physical. Before donating, your temperature, pulse and blood pressure are checked as well as your hemoglobin levels. Your donated blood will also test for several infectious diseases.
6. It’s an act of kindness and compassion. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. It is truly a selfless act that gives the donor a personal satisfaction of helping others.