By Randy Teich
In 1972, I made a decision to make my first blood donation. I tolerated the procedure easily and was assured that my donation would make a difference in someone else’s life. I soon became a regular donor at what is now “You Are Blood.”
I frequently call blood donations my cheapest and easiest charity. Where else can you do a good deed that doesn’t affect your wallet, requires you to relax on a couch for a while and then rewards you will juice and cookies? There is one aspect of blood donation that some may find unsatisfying. Donors never meet or interact with their recipients. I once did learn about a recipient. I had a voice mail from a blood bank supervisor when I got home asking me to call her that evening on her cell phone. My first reaction was they had discovered an issue with my last donation. Instead, the supervisor explained that there was a woman in a local hospital who had rejected platelets from all other donors, but flourished with mine. I was asked to donate for her again the next day. Another donor was located who closely matched my blood characteristics and the two of us were able to supply her with platelets until she could leave the hospital. I was fully humbled by how such a small effort on my part could have such a major impact on someone else’s life.
I hope you will consider making a donation during our December 10th blood drive. Alternatively, please ask that your donations at one of the blood centers be credited to FUMC’s account (A344). There will be recipients who will forever be thankful for your gift.