Donate Blood!

I know. I know. You already know how important it is to donate blood.

But how many of you do it on a regular basis? I understand all the excuses. Trust me! I have heard them not only on the phone when I call to schedule appointments to donate, BUT I have said them myself – not something that I am proud of.

On December 21, 2011, all that changed. I donated blood for the first time in my life. I not only ran out of excuses, but I had a very good reason to donate as well. I donated in honor of my dad.

In November, my Dad had knee replacement surgery and had complications after surgery. He needed to have a transfusion; he received two units of red cells. I watched in amazement as he received the gift of life. I thought about the people who didn’t give the excuses and complain that they were too busy. Those special individuals who took the time and donated blood so someone who they do not even know could have life.

As I watched, I realized that there are many people out there who are in need of this gift. I knew that I would also make that same selfless gift so that other lives might be saved, as well. How many of you can say that you save lives on a regular basis? I know that because of this, I will continue to donate blood.

How about you?