In the hopes of adding a bunch of ways you can do some good in the local community in our “Good Karma” section, here’s yet another item. The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations and whether or not you realize it, they make it pretty simple. Almost every day of the week in Central New York you can find an opportunity to donate. Some events ask for all types of blood, while other require specific types. I went through the Red Cross site for you and compiled a list to get you to the midway point of January. So get donating!
If you’ve given blood before you can skip this next part. The requirements to donate aren’t complex but there are several things that can disqualify you. For both men and women, you are required to be healthy as defined by the Red Cross and be at least 17 years old. Men must be at least 5’1″ and weigh at least 130 lbs, women must be at least 5’5″ and weigh at least 150 lbs. Note that “healthy” means feeling well and able to perform normal activities. Chronic conditions that are under control do not disqualify you. If you meet the eligibility requirements then you should at least consider donating.
Giving blood is a simple task done locally that has global impact. Your blood is quickly distributed to hospitals nationwide, providing patients with transfusions and other life-saving procedures. And unlike a monetary donation you can be 100% sure that you’re having the intended positive impact.
The process is simple. Show up to a blood drive and get registered. You’ll then go through a health history screening and mini-physical before being approved to donate. The donation is a simple ten minute process in which about a pint of blood will be taken. Be aware that apheresis donations (platelets, red cell, plasma) can take up to two hours. After the donation you’ll be provided complimentary snacks and refreshments to get you back to 100%. You’ll also get a pound of complimentary coffee as a thank you but the real return is knowing you’ve helped someone in need.
I suggest reading up on the preparation as you get ready to donate. I’d prefer to refer you to the professionals at the American Red Cross–CLICK HERE.
Here’s the list, click here for more future dates:
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