I have been donating blood ever since I was 19 years old in the Army. It has been a way for me to give back to my community, my country, and all those who have given their blood to help others.
I would like to start a blood drive here at our temple. It is easy set up, but needs a base number of people ready to give blood. Giving blood is not for everyone. So don’t feel you have to make a big stretch here. But if the idea doesn’t completely nauseate you and you don’t faint at needles, give it some thought.
Some of the benefits for giving blood are:
Donating regularly may help your blood flow and result in fewer arterial blockages. In fact, some studies have shown that men who donate at least three times a year can drastically reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Donating can keep your iron level balanced.
When you donate blood, you get a mini-physical. Your vital signs are checked, your iron level is checked, and your blood is screened for some infectious diseases.
One blood donation can save up to three lives. People usually donate because it feels good to help others, and altruism and volunteering have been linked to positive health outcomes, including a lower risk for depression and greater longevity.
Well that’s enough for now. Please respond to me at Hanuman.firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help in this way.