I have been donating blood since I was a senior in high school back in 1976! It all started when my Explorer Post (Boys Scouts of America) went together to donate blood for a friend who was having an operation. The ease of donating and potential impact (one pint of blood can save three people) seemed so worthwhile that I have made a practice of regularly giving blood. I give one pint of blood six times a year, each donation appointment only taking about 15 minutes. This means that for one and a half hours each year, I can help save 18 people! This simple act of kindness costs nothing but a small about of time, yet can literally save someone’s life.
Last year, AT&T employees donated about 5,000 pints of blood – that could save 15,000 people!
As a member of the Northern California American Red Cross Board of Directors and National Blood Donor Chair for the AT&T Pioneers, I encourage you to donate too! Every year, the Pioneers coordinate blood drives at AT&T offices around the country. Last year, AT&T employees donated about 5,000 pints of blood – that could save 15,000 people! The American Red Cross declared January National Blood Donor Month so as you get started on your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to add “save lives” and make a commitment to giving blood.
It has been a lifelong passion for me and one that I find extremely worthwhile.