s (I hardly even felt a pinch!) but I was done much quicker because I felt comfortable enough to squeeze my hand in counts of four to get the blood flowing faster. Most importantly, I felt very appreciated by all of the staff members.
Even if you don’t like the sight of blood or are afraid of needles, I recommend trying to donate blood at least once. You may be surprised how easy and painless it is. According to the American Red Cross website, there is someone every minute of every day that is in need of blood. Another statistic that was rather shocking to me is that only 3 in 100 Americans donate blood. I am happy to say that I am one of those 3 and that I am helping someone in need. If you’re looking for a place to donate, go to Red Cross’s website, type in your zip code, and it’ll pull up several locations on any given day that are holding a blood drive.
My new contribution to society will now be donating blood every 2 months. Like I told the volunteers at the blood drive, I’m young and healthy, I have no excuse not to donate!