I have been a blood donor for most of my life, having been blessed with large veins and no squeamishness around needles. It’s one of the easiest ways to give that might literally save another person’s life. Plus I love the free cookies and juice at the end.
Recently I got contacted by one of the New York blood banks notifying me that they need help finding donors during the summer months, which usually are subject to a smaller number of available donors and a resultant dip in the city’s blood supply. The blood bank suggested that people organize a blood donation day at their work, church or community center.
The answer I got from nearly everyone in our 50-person office was the same: "I’d love to give but…." i.e.
- I’d love to give, but I just returned from [insert name of developing world country here]
- I’d love to give, but I’m not a US citizen
- I’d love to give, but I am getting a tattoo this weekend
- I’d love to give, but I had malaria once from backpacking in the rain forest
Ironically, I realized that I myself can not give because I was recently diagnosed as anemic.
So while I felt bad that Global Kids was not likely to be able to
organize its own blood drive, I was again impressed by how
multi-cultural, well-traveled, and cool the people that I work with are.
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