I donated blood today. I have been donating since I was a freshman in collage. Except for a period when my ulcerative colitis was active, I have been a regular donor. Why do I mention this today? There is a severe shortage of blood due to the extreme weather we have experienced this winter. With all the ice people were unable to get out to donate.
Now this is just here in the Gulf Coast. I can only imagine how the weather affected the rest of the country. Donated blood saves lives. I have personal experience with this life saving aspect of blood donations. We had a final Christmas with my dad. He had to have blood during surgery for lung cancer. He needed additional blood during his hospital stay. Dad died five days after Christmas, but that final Christmas meant the world to me and my family.
Now an even better note, one of my brothers needed blood when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Not only did the donation save his life and allow for successful surgery but my brother has been cancer free for over five years.
Donating blood is easy. I entered the Blood Center and was out the door 45 minutes later. Not only is donating quick, it is relatively painless. You will feel a bit of pain similar to that felt during a routine inoculation. Donating blood is easy. I entered the Blood Center and was out the door 45 minutes later. Not only is donating quick, it is relatively painless. You will feel a bit of pain similar to that felt during a routine inoculation. Finally donating is something you can do up to six times a year. That is a lot of lives impacted.
The Bible tells us that life is in the blood. While blood donations are not what was meant, still blood is life. When you donate you give people additional life. Life with family, life with friends, and just maybe additional time to make a life changing decision. The decision to accept Christ.
So, if you have never donated please consider making a donation. If you have donated in the past, please consider starting back. Blood donations are one of the few times an ordinary person can save lives.
Have a blessed day,