Many blood donors have unique reasons for giving blood. Perhaps a close friend or family member needed a life-saving blood transfusion. Or maybe it’s all about the cookies and POG! We recently asked folks through our Facebook page to share their motivation for giving blood. With the goal of inspiring others, we’d like to take the opportunity here to highlight each of the incredible responses we received.
-My Father needed plasma once prior to emergency abdominal surgery and my son-in-law is surviving non small cell lung cancer. Those reasons and just because are why I donate platelets 20 to 24 times (130 times so far) a year. I plan to keep donating until told I can’t.
-I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community. No hammering or can sorting, just a comfy chair, good conversation and POG. It doesn’t get any easier or more beneficial to those who need it!
-I donate blood because I have been deathly afraid of needles and pain ever since I was young. This is my way of confronting my fears and giving back a little at the same time. And let’s face it, the cookies are good.
-I donate blood because others did so, and their sacrifice saved my daughter’s life.
-I donate blood because it is the right thing to do to help others in need. And secretly, to one day beat my wife’s donation time, since she always finishes faster than me!! Roll, squeeze, roll!!
-Giving blood is my own personal way of remembering September 11, 2001. I consider it my civic duty.
-I donate blood because there’s a need. Neither myself or anyone I know has ever needed blood. You can’t always predict life circumstances, but you can choose how to respond. I choose to GIVE!
-SBC has the best staff and best follow up! I love SBC!
-For me, it is a celebration of my life choices that leave me eligible to help others in this way. I don’t have much time to volunteer in other ways, but this is my favorite way to help others. Plus, the cookies!
-We always had blood drives at our synagogue growing up, and my dad always gave, so it seemed natural. But the fire in my belly is that many years later, my dad needed 40+ units to save his life. I am so grateful to all the people who gave me my father. I can’t possibly pay them back, but I can pay it forward. Giving today and looking forward to it! – Amy Zucker Morgenstern
-Thank you to everyone who donates blood. My 40-year-old sister who was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer for her age her kids and family was able to spend more quality time with her because of blood transfusions. She lost her battle only after 9 months but we know if it wasn’t for the blood transfusion we would had lost her sooner, so please continue to donate it really does save people’s lives!