Make It Count and Donate Life

January 24, 2017

I want to talk about a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I want to discuss donating blood. Did you know approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States and that approximately 1 out of every 7 people entering the hospital needs blood. Now I know many of us hear the commercials and see the ads but do you really know WHY donating blood is so important?

Let me tell you something about myself and why I donate. I have a very rare blood type called O negative which is also known as the universal donor blood type. Currently less than 7% of the United States shares my blood type. See, O negative is a type of blood type that can be given to anybody but O negative people can only receive O negative blood. With my blood type comes much responsibility. The responsibility of donating to my fellow brother or sister when needed. The responsibility to be the voice for complete strangers in need and inform others to save others. The responsibility to advocate that without donations some will not make it to see another day.

With this responsibility comes great reward. With 1 donation having the potential to save as many as 3 lives and three teaspoons of blood can save a babies life. Also, if 50 people donate, they could provide enough blood to take care of victims of a major car accident. If 20 people donate, they could help 1 burn victim. The reward of knowing my blood could make it so a child lives to see another day or a mother who almost bleeds out during childbirth will live to see her children grow or knowing my blood could save that car accident victim on the side of the road is the greatest feeling in the world. Listen I know its intimating. I know the thought of a needle can be nerve wracking but doesn’t the reward of SAVING LIVES make it all with it???

I'm hosting a blood drive on February 4th at the Maple Valley Fred Meyer. Register HERE to become a blood donor. All of the details on the blood drive I'm hosting can be found HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Jenna,
Head of Security