I realize this post won’t be for everyone on my friends list, but I hope it might encourage some of you to consider donating. I grew up TERRIFIED of needles, I was that girl that would cry every time I had to get a shot. I’ll be honest, needles still erk me, but I know that getting over my fears means someone else gives someone else a chance to live and that to me is a small price to pay. The Canadian Blood Services is in dire need of donations for the upcoming long weekend (ie. The goal is 150,000 donations), so I hope you can take a moment to hear me out.

Many of us in times of natural disaster or emergency wonder “What can I do? How can I help?”. With it being National Blood Donor week I hope I can encourage some of you to become blood donors. Blood donations can help give someone else the opportunity to spend more time with loved ones. One car crash victim can use up to 50 units of blood. A patient battling leukemia can use up to 8 units a week. One blood donation can save up to three lives. One heart surgery could use up to 5 units. As you can see our blood system is entirely made up of volunteers and without these individuals there would be a lot more people unable to live.

If you live in the areas of Newmarket, Markham, Richmond Hill, or even Vaughan and are too nervous or would like a friend to be with you, I would be more than happy to accompany you regardless of whether you have a car or not. I don’t mind giving up my own time and gas money if it encourages more people to donate.

Remember, one small act can have an enormous impact. Please visit blood.ca and book an appointment. Donate this week or on any long weekend throughout the summer and you get a limited edition Canada 150 pin.



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