I Saved 3 Lives this Morning; What’d You Do?

Blood donation drive
Blood donation drive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday there was an email from the Red Cross about the urgency to replenish the blood supply.  Then later in the day I got the call from them.  This time I took the call because I wanted to schedule a donation.  As I was hanging up from the call I heard the woman say “your donation saves 3 lives,” and I wondered if I’d heard correctly.

I woke up about 40 minutes before I was supposed to be there to donate and I thought about it for a minute and specifically thought–does my one pint donation today really make a difference?  I threw on some clothes and made the drive to the Fairfax, VA Red Cross Blood Donation Center.  I expected a crowd because of the big push for donations.  No crowd but I wasn’t in any big hurry either.

Molly got the process started,then Ashley stepped in when I needed a re-check on my iron level.  When I got over to the spot where I’d sit to give the blood Karen took over.  My interaction with these three lovely ladies took my mind off the fact that one of them was sticking a needle in my arm.  I have a high tolerance for pain but when it comes to blood and blood related I’m a mess.

“YOUR BLOOD CAN SAVE HIM” – NARA – 516245 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It took a conscious effort and lots of allergy shots and having blood taken during the course of two pregnancies and now for annual blood work to get me to the point where I don’t think about what I’m doing, I just do it.  When it as all finished Karen repeated what I’d heard on the phone – Thank you for your donation.  Your donation help will help save 3 lives.  1 – 2 – 3 human beings dependent on getting matching blood to stay alive or make it through a surgery.

I think I will remember this from now on when I schedule my donation then get busy and skip it, knowing the Red Cross will always call me back.  As I drove away from the center I decided to also consciously try to remember the good feeling I had leaving after the donation and the hour spent with those 3 lovely ladies–Ashley, Karen, and Molly–Thank you for the work you do each day to take donations and process them to be handed off to the next step in the process that leads to a life being preserved or saved on an operating table somewhere.

And thank you for your friendliness and positive attitudes, your sense of humor and your tender care.  Because of the 3 of you I won’t be skipping any appointments in the future!  When I signed in you gave me a sticker that says “I Make a Difference” and you wrote my name on it so I am writing your names right here to let you and everyone else know that YOU make a difference every single day!

God Bless You!

xo The C-Sweet <3

English: Bags of blood collected during donati...
English: Bags of blood collected during donation, showing dark colour of venous blood. Cropped from original photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  1. While I am unable to give this way – just not enough get up and go in my veins, …my hubby donates whenever he can. I have however have donated my hair every time it gets long enough (three to four years) to make wigs for any number of organizations that collect it for cancer survivors. Since our eldest was three, he’s now 30.
    Thanks for gifting life. We all can make a difference – just by smiling.

    • Thank you for your comment! After I wrote this I started to think that maybe it came across as too much bragging when my intention was to out myself for missing scheduled blood donation appointments and commit to keeping them in the future. As the friend of someone very close to me who is a cancer survivor and wore wigs for a time during her recovery I know how important what you do donating your hair can be for the well-being of people who could very well lose hope. God bless you and your hubby for what you do – I agree – we can make a difference every day with just a smile!

  2. arg. I am SO squeamish about this, I used to faint. Then I joined the military, and they did a stick every year (over 20 years, mind you) I still don’t like it, but I don’t faint any more. Still, giving blood has just been more than I’m willing to do, so far. But I’m glad that you did, and that it was a positive experience for you.

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