Lately I’ve been thinking about giving back. As a Girl Scout and a teaching assistant for the Head Start program, I have seen how impactful it can be to fulfill the needs of others. When nothing is expected in return, the gift becomes more precious.
One of the more precious things I have been fortunate enough to be able to give is my blood. I don’t know any real vampires, per se, but I am a fan of the Red Cross. I try to donate twice a year, but that doesn't always happen. It seems like a nice amount, but I could technically give much more often! This year I have challenged myself for a New Year’s Resolution to give blood three times before the year is out.
If you are eligible to give and don’t do it, I would encourage you to consider it. It is a small sacrifice that can really make that life or death difference. I know families who have been touched by this living gift, including my own father, who needed blood products during his heart valve replacement surgery. I started giving to honor a boy from our 4-H who unexpectedly had a heart attack at school due to a congenital condition. The drive happened while he was in the hospital as a way to sort of contribute and replenish the supply that he was having to use. While he unfortunately did not make it, I attend biannual blood drives in his honor, as do many others who were touched by his luminescent presence. Honor a life that has been impacted. Show your gratitude that you have not had to tap that supply. Go for the free snack and the possibility of a t-shirt. Just give.