I pretty much write about stuff I'm interested in on this little blog but every once in a while I hope it might help someone as well. Today is one of those days, times two.
I've mentioned before my desire to spread the good word on giving blood. There is almost literally nothing else you can do that costs nothing and take so little time but does so much good. We're talking saving lives, people! For reals.
Well, today I heard on the radio that the annual Seattle summer blood shortage is on, so much so that some surgeries are being rescheduled. Why? Several reasons.
#1. More need. Trauma cases here are up twenty percent in the summer.
#2. Fewer donations. The rest of the year, 25 percent of the blood donors are students who are somewhere else doing something else during the summer.
#3. Worldwide disasters, from China to Iowa, blood is needed and is being imported from all over, including here.
A new factor this year is, believe it, higher gas prices. Many potential and even regular donors are limiting their auto trips to essentials only. Volunteering is way down on the list for many.
Here's the link to the Puget Sound Blood Center and their area locations (I give every two months at the downtown center on Terry Avenue). And wherever you are reading this today, if you are eligible, please look into giving blood in your city this week. Free juice and cookies too!!!
Next up, blog reader Christina has asked me to mention the dire need for bone marrow donors as well. Her friend Michelle is in a race against time to find one and is also using her own situation to raise awareness of the crisis with this website, ProjectMichelle.com. So far, more than nine thousand new potential life savers have registered through the site to be part of the National Registry. Good luck, Michelle, and thank you to my readers for clicking through to her page.
All right, people, let's go out and do some good today.