February 6, 2007 9:30am CST
Giving blood doesn't just benefit recipients. Regardless of age, donating blood offers many benefits for donors. It lets you: Make a difference in your community by helping others. Develop a sense of commitment to and connection with your local community. Be assured that adequate supplies of blood are available for you, as well as your family and others. Check your blood pressure, temperature, hemoglobin and pulse rate every time you give. Join a group of special volunteers. The demand for blood never lets up. Every day, thousands of people need donations to live. Before they can receive it, donated blood must go through time-consuming tests. Then, it must be used relatively quickly or it will perish-whole blood for instance, is no longer usable after 42 days. As a result, maintaining an adequate blood supply is a challenge-especially when a disaster occurs, which may cause the need for blood to soar. The only way to meet demand is to have regular donations from healthy volunteers. If you're healthy, your body-which has between 10 and 12 pints of blood-can easily spare about a pint, the amount that's collected at a donation. Because the body begins replacing donated blood immediately; most people can give blood every eight weeks. DO YOU DONATE BLOOD? IF SO, HOW OFTEN? WHAT MADE YOU BEGIN DONATING?
6 Feb 07
I do. It started when my mom was sick. she needed blood and the blood bank will not issue a blood without exchanging blood in return. i was sleepy and tired that day but i insisted to give mine. after 3 months i guess... an officemate is also in need of blood, i drag my hubby to the hospital and we both gave her 2 bags of blood one from each of us. if someone i know will be needing my blood... yes, it will be just fine. it's good to think that your blood can save their lives.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I have donated blood in the past but have not done it recently. Right now I am not healthy so it would probably not be a good idea right now but once I get healthy, I will start donating blood to help others. There are always people in need of blood so it would be nice to help out. I probably would donate every few months. I agree that it does help more than the recipient as it is a good cause that can help the community as a whole.
• United States
27 Sep 12
I donated once every year, for 5 years now, but I missed one once, so total, I've donated blood 4 times. I just want to do something to help other people, & at the moment, I feel donating blood is all that I can do.