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Have you ever saved a life? Give blood.

  1. Sep 16, 2004 #1
    Blood supplies are critically low. Consider donating for the first or the nth time - go with a buddy. Be brave and protect our citizenry. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment soon nearby. Your workplace may allow you time off.

    I believe that my 6+ gallons donated to date have saved several lives. It's a great experience to be part of the team processing my blood, a living legacy for those innocents needing a second chance.
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  3. Sep 16, 2004 #2
    I did it for the first time two weeks ago.

    I almost passed out and had to call in to work. :rofl:
  4. Sep 16, 2004 #3


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    I never weighed enough to give blood. :frown:

    Loren, what a wonderful thing to do! You too Chaotic42!
  5. Sep 16, 2004 #4
    I have a heart condition which would more than likely disqualify me from being able to donate. :( But if I didn't I think I'd do it. You get cookies and soda pop afterwards! Mmmm...
  6. Sep 16, 2004 #5

    I don't know why I never got around to giving blood before. I plan to do it every 8 weeks from now on.
  7. Sep 16, 2004 #6
    I am too young to give blood at the minute but I intend to.

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  8. Sep 16, 2004 #7
    How old do you need to be? I've always considered it, but I thought you had to be 18...

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  9. Sep 16, 2004 #8
    I know a 16-year-old girl who donated blood.
  10. Sep 16, 2004 #9
    You need to be 18. I am 16.
    Really??? How did she manage that???

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  11. Sep 16, 2004 #10
    Only 5% of the population currently give blood. Call the Red Cross and ask them about getting your parent's permission if you're a minor; 16 may be the lower age limit. For those who have at least attempted to give blood, many thanks; others may wish to volunteer for the RC in another constructive way. E. g., I believe some gay people volunteer for them by ways other than giving blood.
  12. Sep 16, 2004 #11
    I've been giving blood every 8 weeks since I turned 16. I dont know about other countrys or states but in California you can donate at age 16 with parents consent. It doesnt take that long and after wards, like someone metioned, you get cookies and juice. :smile:
  13. Sep 16, 2004 #12


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    I did it once in high school when I weighed 130 and almost passed out. Plus, my pulse and blood pressure are so low it was tough to fill the bag. I've been meaning to try again though.
  14. Sep 16, 2004 #13


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    I haven't given blood, not that I wouldn't just never seem to run into the blood drives on the right day (on medication, skipped breakfast and already feel loopy, etc). But, when I was in H.S. (um, ages ago), I was too young to donate, but still helped volunteer with our annual blood drive (I was in charge of putting out the snacks and just watching that nobody passed out at the snack table...it was always the big football players who passed out :biggrin:) Those snacks they put out are absolutely disgusting. I know they are to help keep your blood sugar up, but they are all the sorts of things that make me sick if I eat them (fruit punch, sugar-coated snack cakes...awful stuff). We have blood drives here at the university hospital all the time, so I'm bound to run into them one of these days when I don't have too crazy of a schedule and can spare a half hour after lunch.
  15. Sep 16, 2004 #14

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    Actually, its 17 here :tongue2: . I bring myself to go give blood. The problem is that I either get a case of the willys or I have a cold or something wrong which means I cant. The one time I was perfectly healthy and was going to go with my girlfriend, a couple of weeks before I broke up with her so didnt end up going.

    Dad gives blood. Mum used to be she is anaemic now so cant.
  16. Sep 16, 2004 #15

    We have Famous Amos cookies, Coke product soft drinks, orange juice and water. Most meds are acceptable to the blood bank!
  17. Sep 16, 2004 #16
    I nearly passed out when I had blood taken from me at the doctor's one time, but I'm 16 and can't give blood anyway. Perhaps I'll get into better shape some time soon and donate some blood when I'm old enough. However, I have saved 2 little kids from drowning at the pool I work at, so I guess that exempts me from a few pints?
  18. Sep 17, 2004 #17

    In Japan you would be indebted to the welfare of those kids for life!

    Cool dual pool rescue!
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