The heat is not only uncomfortable – it is also keeping people from getting out and doing what they usually do. That’s bad news for the nation’s blood banks because sadly, those blood banks depend on regular donations to keep them going during times of great demand.
Yesterday, Derek, Kelly, and I went to the Local Community Blood Center to do our part. Derek was the photographer while Kelly and I were the donators. If you have never given blood before, it’s really not that difficult.
Head to your local donation cent. The folks are very kind. After a series of questions, you will show the receptionist your drivers license. They will prick your finger to check your iron level, take your blood pressure to make sure it is at a safe level, and then ask you your weight – to make sure you are in a healthy range.
The toughest part is definitely the needle. When you make it past that – you’ll be home free. The whole process takes about half an hour – entrance to exit – but let me tell you, it is well worth it. I learned yesterday that my one pint of blood can be used to save as many as three lives.
If you have the opportunity and you are healthy – giving blood would be a very kind and generous thing to do. Thanks in advance.
Laura Huckabee / Meteorologist