It’s amazing to think that a single donation of blood can save up to three lives. But, it’s true. And this Friday, you can be someone’s hero.
Join everyone at CT Boom, in partnership with the American Red Cross, this Friday from 12pm to 5pm at 440 Wheelers Farms Road in Milford.
Not to mention, personalities from Star 99.9, 991 PLR, and 95.9 the Fox will also be a part of the event.
I’m not gonna lie. I never donated blood before because I always had an excuse. Either I had gone out of the country or styled a newish piercing. But, it’s not like I’m not afraid of needles. Actually, they don’t bother me at all. I’ve been unafraid of needles since I was a kid.
On top of that, I’m a universal donor with 0- blood. We all know what that specific blood type means. It’s always needed and can save many lives. So, I’m rolling up my sleeves for the first time and I’m going to commit to giving back to the community.
Am I nervous? Oh hell yes. I’ve never done anything like this. It’s not like I’m afraid of needles. And the more I read answers to my other fears, such as “what if it takes too long and I lose precious work time?” (Answer: donating takes about an hour. Blood drives are efficient. You can’t be efficient if donating takes too long.)
“What if donating blood makes me useless for the rest of the day due to wooziness?” (Answer: If you load up on foods high in Iron and pound some water the day before, as well as get a good night’s sleep, you should be Gucci. Just take it easy for the rest of the day and don’t do heavy lifting. Donating blood won’t make you an invalid.)
“What if I go on a list and get constant calls and reminders to give blood? I hate that spam!” (Answer: You just… opt out. That’s it.)
“What if I get sick?” (Answer: Red Cross volunteers use a new sterilized needle every time. Also, people can’t donate blood when they’re sick. Because that’s just not cool)
“What if the Red Cross gets greedy and tries to take more blood and drains me dry because I’m such a valuable blood type?” (Answer: that’s illegal and you should also stop being so paranoid.)
Now you know what goes through my head on the daily. Congratulations for gaining this valuable insight.
Still, if you had any of these similar hesitations, here’s hoping I helped alleviate them. But, know that the biggest reward of all is that your donation will save someone’s life. Also, you can also spare that person’s family and friends from the devastation of losing someone they love.
Not to mention, blood donations help with practically every aspect in the hospital, from helping patients undergoing chemotherapy to those trying to recover from an accident.
The Red Cross broke down the exact percentage of where their donations went:
- 67% treated medical conditions including anaemia, cancer and blood disorders
- 27% was used in surgery, including cardiac surgery and emergency surgery
- 6% treated blood loss after childbirth
But, natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Irma always wreck havoc on their current supply So, donations run thin as they spread further out to meet the rise in demand. Basically, once a donation comes in, someone’s already claimed it.
On top of that, this summer happened to be the worst on record in terms of blood donors. The Red Cross grappled with a severe summer donor shortage. They received about 61,000 fewer donations than last year, which counts for about 183,000 lives.
So, going into hurricane season, their numbers remained critically low even before Harvey and Irma.
Kelly Isenor, external communications manager of the Connecticut Blood Services Region, explained why it’s so important to give blood at this time:
“Hurricane Irma forced the cancellation of approximately 55 blood drives in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We encourage eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by Hurricane Irma to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply.”
She also explained what will happen after things settle from the hurricanes:
“The need for blood is constant. It is the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in a time of emergency or any disaster. The Red Cross depends on generous volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood for those in need – each and every day – not only during times of disaster.”
So, if you wish to do your part to help out following the damage of Hurricane Irma and Harvey, consider donating blood. Plus, the Red Cross developed a new app that not only lets you know your blood type, they will also tell you where your donation wound up. Pretty cool, huh?
Since 1 donation can save up to 3 lives, you might get multiple updates. If you are an eligible donor and do feel that feeling in your gut that you want to help, consider coming out this Friday for the blood drive. Hope to see you there.