#23 from my 30 Before 30 list: Donate a gallon of blood (8 pints = 8 donations)

I haven’t been able to donate blood for a year because of my trip to Guatemala last April. According to Red Cross regulations, donors must wait one year after visiting certain countries, including Guatemala, to make sure that they don’t have malaria. Yesterday, I saw a friend post on Facebook about a blood drive in town, and since I had off work for Good Friday, I had the opportunity to go. I have been donating through the Red Cross, but this drive was with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, which is responsible for the blood supply at local hospitals. The last time I donated through the CPBB was in 2008, when I participated in the blood drive on my college campus. The donation process was quick and easy, and finding my vein was much less problematic than my most recent donation. I thought donating blood was a fitting way to spend my Good Friday morning. I donated blood to save a life on a day when we remember how Jesus shed His blood to save the world.

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives, so visit redcrossblood.org to make a blood donation appointment!


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