Everyone 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.

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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 the 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 doing 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 daughter 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.

Please Join the conversation!

Tell us why you give in the comments below.

2 Responses to "Why Do You Give?"

  1. Todd A. Olson Posted on December 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    My wife and i first donated blood over twenty years ago. Once we arrived in Oregon i started to do platelet donations, now we do double plateletpheresis. We love the caring staff and always have fun with them. We are healthy and able to give blood and love the fact that we can help with people in need.

  2. Kenneth Thomas Posted on November 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Someone I love is alive today because of the generosity of blood donors I’ll never know.
    I met my Scandinavian beauty just a few months before she was diagnosed with a cancer known as Hodgkin’s disease. She was a student at Sheldon High School. And the disease was far enough along that the only option was to throw all the 1977 technology they had at it. There was nothing to lose and perhaps a few years to gain. That “everything” included major surgery and six weeks of massive-dose Cobalt radiation therapy. A couple of weeks into that, she was unable to produce good blood cells as quickly as the radiation was killing it. She got new blood every week when she got irradiated at Sacred Heart Hospital. Her transfusions were as essential to her life as air. Her blood donors – whoever they were – are heroes to me. All I could do to thank them was to join them.
    I have been a donor ever since, and hit my century mark (in units, not years) this January.
    You, too, can be a hero to someone. You won’t have to run into a burning building to save a child to be a hero and you won’t have to face gunfire to save a crime victim. But to an injured firefighter who needs blood, you will be a hero. To a wounded police officer who needs blood, you will be a hero. To a green-eyed Norwegian with fresh surgical scars and a terrified boyfriend – you can be a hero. YOU can make the difference.
    You don’t have to risk a life to be a hero. You just have to save one.
    Mrs. Thomas thanks you. And I thank you.

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