Why You Need to Give Blood

Aidan Judd, Editor

Most people can sit for 30 seconds and think of someone they know who has needed blood donated by someone.  Blood can not be made in a lab, it is only acquired from the body of a person willing to give.  One blood donation can be save three lives.  The part of actually giving blood does not hurt in any way due to the needles they use being harmless, and it takes just 15 minutes of your time and you can chat with a familiar NHS member during.

The blood that you donate through the red cross can result in you getting a post card telling you how your blood saved a life and where at.  Another perk is a red cord you can wear on your gown at graduation for donating blood 3 times.  The amount of units donated can also result in up to $750 in NHS scholarship money.

Blood can expire and it is important to have abundance of it because if a chemotherapy (cancer patient) needs treatment but is waiting on blood to be available then it could be crucial to their survival.  That is just one example of the many scenarios where blood is the divider between life and death.  If you are willing to take the time to save a life then be sure to hydrate and eat before you give, and the reward will be humbling.