I admit that I am a scaredy cat when it comes to needles (I know there's no rationale in that as I have tattoos and I had piercings, but I always get nervous). Going through the triage process, I started to get nervous but it really helped to have Kevin and Nita there with me. By the way, the finger prick for the iron check hurt worse then the needle to start the blood draw! The Soldiers and civilians doing the blood drive were fantastic. I'm sure the people in there thought we were crazy because of course we were just being our normal, silly selves.
As Nita and I were going through the blood draw process, the phlebotomist and a teacher were talking about where our blood was headed. Within 36 hours our blood will be helping our Soldiers in Iraq. I cannot even begin to express the humbling yet honorable feeling I had hearing that. While I don't like to think about why our blood is needed, it's good to know that I'm helping in some small way. There are so many people who want to help our Soldiers and their families, well I can't think of a better way than to help preserve life. And while the task of donating blood can be daunting, it's truly an honorable act of charity. To help those who help us, well, what better way of saying Thank You for our Freedom?
I am grateful for the opportunity. I plan on making this a routine act of service and I encourage everyone who reads my blog to do their part in helping your communities and your country.
To find out if you're eligible and also, to find our where you can donate blood CLICK HERE
The glass says My Pint Gives Troops a Fighting Chance
Oh and a bit of Red Cross Trivia today courtesy of Nita.
On this day in 1881, Clara Barton and others organized the American Red Cross!