Donating blood Essay

1241 Words Apr 22nd, 2014 5 Pages
The Ultimate Gift
Imagine that one day you were driving to the mall and out of nowhere, someone run through a red light and crashed straight in to you. You end up in the hospital, needing a blood transfusion. The scene is all too real and it happens every day. In a single car accident, a person could need up to 100 pints of blood. The average person can donate 3 pints every 56 days (redcrossblood.org). This is why, today, I urge you to go out and donate blood. I know some of you may hate the thought of needles or think that giving blood won’t really help. But, please consider what I say and make a better informed decision after hearing the benefits of donating blood. People like you made a conscious decision to donate blood and it is
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According to Zaiah Noel, author of “Blood: The Gift” in USA Today in 2009, the 69 million children in the United States, hundreds of thousands suffer from various forms of leukemia, sickle cell, need transplants, and are born prematurely." Many of these kids today run, jump rope, and play because they got another chance at life. Sonya Gonzales has stated that in most cases, "this would not be possible without the generosity of volunteer blood donors." This is why it is so important to have volunteers who donate blood.
Now that we know the problem, let’s move on to the solution. I want you to donate blood and to understand the process of giving blood. This campus has outlined the simple process of donating blood and I would like to share that information with you. First you must be found eligible to donate blood. You must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 100 pounds, and be in good health. Your parents must also sign a minor donor permit if you are under the age of 18. Anyone who feels that their blood is at "high risk" for contracting certain diseases should not donate. Before you will donate, you will answer a list of questions relating to

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