Five Reasons to Give Blood

10808609_846362772072449_1573638740_nWhat was the last donation you made?  $1 in the cup of someone on the street? A larger amount to a friend running a marathon, dancing a dance-a-thon or your alma mater who just won’t stop calling?

Maybe a blood donation? Or maybe not. While I realize there are some who cannot give blood, many of us can. But many of us choose not to. I know, I used to be one of those choosing not to. That was before someone I loved dearly needed blood to live.

There are many reasons to give blood. Here are just a few reasons that I’d like to convince you to do so as soon as possible.

1. It’s free.

2. It’s just as painful, or even less painful, than dumping a bucket of ice on your head.

3. You never know when you, or someone you know, might need blood.

4. It’s easy—you can even play Candy Crush while you do it.

5. You can save lives.

Not sure where to start? No sweat. Find a blood donation near you.

On a personal note, many folks have approached me saying, “let me know if there is anything I can do for you” in recent months. The answer took me many months to figure out. What you can do is click that link above, find a blood drive and do the thing.


  1. Molly says:

    I had a bad experience my one and only time giving blood (they couldn’t find a vein and my arm was bruised a sore for a week) so I’ve been too scared to do it since then. I had been thinking about it lately, but this post pushed me to actually sign up to give next week. I can get over a sore arm. Mwah!

    • kelly says:

      So glad you’ve changed your mind! Thanks, lady. I’ve had the bruised arm when having a blood draw, but not when donating. Fingers crossed your veins are pumping strong next week!

  2. Alex says:

    I, like Molly, also had a bad experience the last time I gave blood (long story short, I took a looooooong nap in my school’s gym until I could stand up long enough to go home). But it’s not a good excuse. I can do it and I should so I am. Thanks for the push, Kelly 🙂

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