When’s the last time you donated blood? Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood? With just one blood donation you can save a total of 3 lives!!
When we heard about the Be Impulsive Campaign we didn’t hesitate to sign up! As mothers of little ones, it’s important to us to support a good cause and to spread the word about Being Impulsive and donating blood. Have you ever heard the term ‘lead by example? Our kids pick up on so many things simply by watching us, so I knew taking my kids along to watch me give blood was a great idea.
A common misunderstanding about blood usage is that accident victims are the patients who use the most blood. The truth is, people who receive the most blood include those being treated for cancer, undergoing orthopedic surgeries, undergoing organ and marrow transplants, cardiovascular surgeries, and those being treated for inherited blood disorders. Last month my sister-in-law, Stephanie, mentioned how she was going to donate platelets in honor of a young boy she knows battling leukemia. For a lot of people, the need for donated blood, platelets, or plasma hits close to home and it motivates us to help in any way we can. I thought Stephanie was a real hero that day and I knew I could be one too if I set aside a few minutes of my day. Unfortunately, summer has been flying by at warp speed and stopping to go give blood just hadn’t crossed my mind again. Sadly, this is the case for a lot of people, because I’ve learned in the summer months, donations typically drop 20%.
A couple weeks later when I got an email about joining the Be Impulsive Campaign I took that as my sign that I needed to go do it right away. I didn’t want to let it slip my mind again and I truly want to help out those in need. I went to BeImpulsiveRSVP.com and I made it known I wanted to get involved. Just a few short days later I found myself at a blood drive not far from home at a local LDS church. With my kids as my witnesses, I became a hero in less than an hour.
My kids played some basketball while I answered a few questions and they made sure I was eligible to donate. When it was time to give blood my kids found it all very interesting. The nurse and staff from United Blood Services who helped me that day were amazing and made me and my kids feel welcome. When we were all done, they sent us on our way with some goodies and thanked us for taking the time out of our day to help those in need. Less than a week later I received this text message that confirmed I made the right choice that day:
I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to know the importance of giving back and saving lives. Giving blood, plasma, or platelets is a simple way we can get involved in the community and help others now.
How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.