Tis the season for giving life
At 9:30 a.m. Friday I received a phone call from Canadian Blood Services asking me to make an appointment to donate blood.
I thought it was weird to get that call at work. But I remembered that every year around this time there is a dire need for blood. To reach out to me at the office showed me they needed to find donors.
Many probably don’t know, but I used to work in the clinic at Canadian Blood Services in St. John’s. I was responsible for testing haemoglobin and collecting blood samples, among other things. I have seen the empty appointment books, the forgotten appointments and the number of people that have been turned away for a multitude of reasons. And that was in the summer.
Sometimes people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping rush. Some even spend plenty of time volunteering or collecting for less fortunate people, which is great.
But if you get a second among the chaos, stop and thing about donating blood.
service announcements go on the radio and television during the holidays about drinking and driving, and for good reason. Christmas and New Years have been recognized as a time of year where there is plenty of alcohol. Sometimes this leads to more impaired drivers and more car accidents. The weather often affects things too. Slippery roads increases the likelihood of more car crashes.
Did you know that one car accident victim could need up to 50 units of blood? So 50 donors could be needed to save that one victim. This doesn’t include those receiving blood for cancer treatment, surgery or other medical issues.
I am a blood donor. Unfortunately, I can’t donate at this time. But I am encouraging those who can to try.
I was also a blood recipient when I was 13 years old. I had five transfusions and would have died without them. I didn’t know my donors, but they saved my life.
If you’re looking to give a great Christmas present to someone, why not give an hour of your time to donate blood. It doesn’t cost a cent and you get free cookies and a juice box afterwards.
This Christmas season, if you are able and willing, please give the gift of blood. You never know, you could be saving the life of someone you love.
For more information visit blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.