They donated blood. What have you done today?

ImageFor Robert Smatlak and Evelyn Ramos, donating blood is nothing more than a “finger prick.” But blood donation can go a long way to help someone in need.

At a recent blood donation drive hosted by the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Robert and Evelyn joined many other donors to help someone who might need their blood someday. A veteran donor, Robert has been donating blood since he was 18 years old and said that 80 percent of his donations are through the Red Cross. When asked about what motivates him to donate, Robert said, “My sister is a lab technician and always keeps mentioning about the shortage of blood. “

For Evelyn, karma played a very important role in her decision to donate blood.  “You never know what can happen and which person might need it. I like the feeling that my blood might help someone. I might need blood someday so I’d like to give back,” she said.

Both of them were fully convinced that they will donate whenever they get the opportunity and that it’s the right thing to do!

Donations are down more than 10 percent across the country, resulting in 50,000 fewer pints of blood than expected. Your donation is needed now. Find out here about a blood drive near you.

 “The need is constant and the gratification is instant.”

 

–Written By: Amisha Sud

 

One response

  1. We at ‘Give Blood UNSW’ absolutely adore posts like this! This is exactly what the blood donation sector of society needs! Positive reinforcement about the personal and societal benefits of donating blood. That’s what we, over at givebloodunsw.wordpress.com are aiming to do in a student initiated campaign to raise blood donation levels in Australian university students! We love the idea of gratification as a reason for donating, because lets be realistic, some people need that drive!
    Thanks for the great post! Feel free to check out our campaign at givebloodunsw.wordpress.com!
    Rubie Dickson

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