During the holiday season, we’re almost always on the go.
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about those who need our help all year round.
Emily Medalen tells us how we can give the biggest gift of all without spending a single cent.
Donating blood takes about an hour, and during that hour, you save up to 3 lives.
During this time of year, the need for blood is more crucial than ever.
I spent the afternoon at United Blood Services to find out why.
“There’s a shortage basically just because our lives are busy,” says Teresa Johnson, Donor Recruiter, United Blood Services.
A shortage of blood donations during the busy holiday season is not uncommon.
“I know the demand is out there, and it’s harder and harder to find people that do it,” Randy Anton, regular donor.
Teresa Johnson is the donor recruiter for United Blood Services.
She’s asking everyone in the state who is able to donate, to take one hour of their day to do it.”It’s the ultimate random act of kindness,” she says.
“I’ve got a busy life too, but just take that little bit of time and think about somebody else,” says Anton.
When you give blood, that one pint does more than you may realize.
“When you come in to donate, you’re going to save up to 3 people’s lives. It takes a teaspoon of healthy blood to save a premature baby’s life, and in your donation there are actually 97 teaspoons,” says Johnson.
Anton and Johnson both say taking the time to time to donate means giving the most priceless gift of all.
“I know if I were in that position, I’d hope somebody would step up and help me. It’s one of those things that might take a little bit of time, but it’s well worth it,” says Anton.
“You’re not asking who it’s going to, you’re not asking their religious belief, the color of their skin, where they live… you’re not asking any of that. You’re just giving of yourself, and saving their life. And that’s what the holidays are all about. Giving.” says Johnson.
You need to be healthy, and at least 16 years old to donate – if you’re under 18, you need a parent’s signature.
United Blood Services in Bismarck and Minot allow, and encourage walk-ins, so if you find a spare hour in your day, you can head over.