Why I Donate: Student Stories
Saving Lives, 1 Pint At A Time
My mom has been a donor since I can remember and I was estatic when I could finally do so myself. About 7 years ago, my uncle was involved in a tragic work accident, causing him to lose 19 pints of blood. Had it not been for the all of the blood donors, my uncle would not be alive today. I am happy to be a donor, so I can save the lives of others, like those who saved my uncle.
saving a life
I started to give my blood when I was 16. now I am 23 I think about all the lives I saved. when I walk in to go donate I am thinking of the mother will live to her children grow. I think about all the family members who lifes been changed by my blood. seeing a child play I may never know who gets my blood . but at lest I give them a chance to live
i love to help
I like helping people that need blood so far I saved 18 people . I will get Anny one the help they need. I got my bf to donate blood four the first time
i am about to be 18 and i love to help people in need. i stared donating blood when i was 16. i feel giving blood helps people that have noone to get blood from. i am o positive and i love to help peolpe like me.
Helping Out Those Who Need.
I am 17 years old, i have been donating blood since last year. I enjoy donating blood to help others in need. Any way that i can help someone who needs it i sure do try. So thank you red cross for making my donations count!
When I was 8, I was rushed into the hospital and stayed there for 8 days because of Dengue Fever. I needed blood transfusion at that time. I have Type O blood so it's not easy for me to receive blood. No one from my family could donate blood at that time so I actually got one from a stranger. I will never forget that time where a stranger helped contribute on saving my life. I was anemic as a child, and so do my relatives from my mother's side. Those experiences made me want to help out others in return. If it wasn't for that blood I received when I was 8 I probably wouldn't be here sharing my story. I first donated blood when I was 17 and a senior in high school. That's when my doctor told me I wasn't anemic anymore. I've donated once after that but I got deferred once since my hemoglobin wasn't very high. I signed up to donate again and hopefully I don't get deferred this time. I will donate blood as much as I can in my lifetime and help as much as I can.
Every time I donate blood I feel better about myself, knowing that I might have saved a life.
You can make a difference
When I was 16 years old and in the tenth grade I gave blood to the Red Cross it was a very scary time because I am scared of needles but the thought of being able to help save a life makes me keep doing it and now I'm 17 and planning on giving blood in November I love to help people that need the help and I'm so thankful to the Red Cross for helping get blood from downers
Donating is an awesome thing to do!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been donating for the past 2 years. I am glad to be helping out so many lives by just donating my blood. I love donating blood. I am helping out 6 of my friends who are battling cancer.
Dont forget to drink! (your water)
Always always always drink water before a donation.
In the guidelines and instructions they say stay hydrated, drink lots of fluids. It turns out, it helps to start drinking lots and lots of water days before the appointment, not just in the morning of.
It was my third donation, at my college and wasn't afraid of the needles (as much). After a good nights sleep i ate a big healthy breakfast, eggs and granola etc. What I didn't do was drink. By the time noon rolled around i popped open my water bottle about an hour from my appointment time.
Once I was in the chair and the needle was in me it was slow going. I didn't keep my body hydrated so the process was really really slow.
Coffee is not a good substitute for water. Indeed drinking coffee will make the situation worse and make the blood vessels and veins just constrict more.
So the moral of the story is, drink your water before going under the needle. The whole process is painless and the nurses always find the veins but make it easier on yourself and the Red Cross and stay hydrated please.