Millions of Americans like to contribute time and money to charities during the holidays. However this year, things may not be so easy. With our economy in a recession, it’s hard for many of us to find extra money to spare. One way that you can make a donation to someone who really needs it is by giving blood.
Donating Blood During the Holidays
Donating blood is a great way to give something back to the community and help someone in need. Donated blood is needed for emergencies and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell, anemia and other illnesses. Some people even need regular blood transfusions to live. Only five percent of the eligible population donates blood in a given year, and that’s not enough.
The entire process only takes about an hour. It starts with registration, where you fill out a brief questionnaire and show proper ID. You are then asked some quick general health questions while your blood pressure heart rate and iron levels get checked. Provided you meet the criteria, trained staff members will then draw a pint of blood, which takes about 10 minutes. After a snack and 15 minutes of monitoring, you are on your way.
Sounds easy enough, right? Then make the step this holiday season and donate blood. Each donation can save up to three lives, and you can donate again after only 56 days. You can visit www.givelife.org to find the closest blood drive to you.
From all of us here at Auto Europe, have a safe and happy holiday season.