Giving the Gift of Life: Red Cross Blood Donations Needed

Published 03/06 2014 09:57AM

Updated 03/06 2014 10:46AM

There's a constant need for blood donations. To help, FOX44/ABC22 is partnering with the Red Cross to celebrate Red Cross month.

I personally have donated about six gallons of blood in my lifetime! I can't even describe what a great feeling it is to know that you're saving a life. And, I’m O negative, which is the universal blood donor!

The process is easy - information is read, arms are prepped, people give a part of themselves.

"I’m not financially able to give to charities, so I have plenty of blood apparently, so that's what I give,” Michael Mullen said, who donates every eight weeks.

I on the other hand, am officially one year melanoma free and so I’m donating blood to celebrate!”

That's my reason - whatever yours is - our gifts can be life saving.

"You really never know when you're going to be the one there, needing it," Dorothy Bartlett said. Bartlett found herself in need. "When our youngest son was born, I needed like five pints," she said.

To say thanks, she's dedicated at least one day a week, for the past 35 years to volunteering at the Red Cross Donor Center in Burlington.

"You just feel good that you're helping someone else who may be in a fairly desperate situation," Bartlett said.

Her brother also needed blood during an organ transplant. My dad had cancer. My dad when he was sick with cancer would get blood transfusions and just get this burst of energy and feel so good because he had clean blood in his system, it gave me the chance to make a few more memories and have him just have a little bit of life in him for a little longer.

So, if you can give that feeling of hope to someone else, the dreaded needle is bearable!

I can't tell you how many people say, oh I hate needles, well to be honest, so do I, but you're just doing such a wonderful thing that it makes it worth it.

One pint of blood has the ability to save three lives.

The entire process, start to finish takes about an hour. The dreaded needle time, only five to ten minutes.

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