Why do you give?

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finger bloodEveryone has a different reason for donating blood. Sometimes, donors are motivated by a general volunteer spirit, a desire to do good and to help people in need. Sometimes donors give for more personal reasons.

We recently asked our Facebook followers why they give, and we got some amazing and touching responses.

A Family Tradition

“My mom gave all the time, and I remember she always tried to have an appointment on her birthday. When she got Alzheimer’s and couldn’t give anymore, I started giving. Now that I’m a Stage 4 cancer patient and it isn’t recommended that I donate anymore, my daughter has stepped up to continue the giving.” — Laura C.

Overcoming Loss

“Back in 1981, I had a baby that was born premature. After 10 days he died. I felt so helpless. Donating blood took away that feeling of helplessness. I was able to help someone’s child!” — Holly P.

Inspired by Tragedy

“The first time I donated was right after 9/11. It felt like something I needed to do. It was so quick, easy and offered so many potential benefits to people in need. I like to joke that my blood is perfect (A+) and people would be lucky to have it. But really, I am just trying to do what I can, when I can, for my community, because you never know when you or someone you love might need the help.” — Hilary M.

Returning the Gift

“My twin daughters were born 15 weeks premature and needed blood transfusions, which saved their lives. I’m forever grateful for those few teaspoons of blood someone so selflessly gave.” — Andrea L.

Join the conversation: Why do you donate? Tell us in the comments section below.

Author: LBC BWNW

3 Responses to "Why do you give?"

  1. Rowan Posted on August 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Like the last example, I give to return the gift our family has repeatedly received. My now ten year old daughter was born with End Stage Renal Disease. As such, she has received, not only a kidney transplant, but numerous transfusions over the years…more than we could keep track of. I donate every chance I get, in an effort to begin to pay back. And I do so in the name of all who have altruistically impacted our family over the years.

    • Kristi McElhinney Posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Thank you for sharing your moving story, Rowan. And thank you for donating. We couldn’t do it without people like you.

      • Rowan Posted on August 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        Funny. I feel the same way about you guys.

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