I gave blood and all I got was this lousy juice

Jason Werling
Dec 10, 2012

 

My kids like to give blood. Let me rephrase that, my kids like me to give blood.

This past summer we went to East Harbor State Park in Ottawa County to play disc golf and check out the beach. As we drove into the park, we were welcomed by an American Red Cross  Bloodmobile.
I thought that was a pretty random place for a bloodmobile and the boys thought "What is a bloodmobile?" I told them people give blood to help other people who may need it because they may be having a surgery or were in an accident or someone may need blood because their body can't produce blood as well as someone else.
There were a few other questions and the next thing I knew I was giving blood at East Harbor State Park.
Somehow in the process I ended up with a pricked finger and a needle in my arm and the boys had stuffed animals, cookies and juice. (In my opinion, the pricked finger for the iron test is worse than the needle in the arm.)
Will and Payton, my boys, were amazed at how fast my body could output a pint. If they only knew how fast I could "input" a pint in college. After donating, I was given the cookies and juice, but no stuffed animal. I hope the boys were given a lesson in giving that day and it sticks with them longer than the toy.

The photos above are from last Thursday's blood drive at Sandusky High School. The drive yielded 152 pints of blood. Each pint of blood could help save three lives, the Sandusky High School helped save 456 lives. Jeff Opelt has  been the teacher advisor for the blood drives for over 25 years. Each year for the past 10 years the Sandusky High School blood drives have collected more pints of blood than any other High School in a three state area.  The schools average yearly blood  collections are between 800-900 pints per year.  Over the past 25+ years the school has saved more lives than the population of Erie County.
 
Two Seniors oversee the blood drive every year.  This year Taylor Vargo and Jake Riedy are the Senior coordinators.  Every year two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors organize the drive so by the time the sophomores are seniors they have the knowledge and skills to run that years blood drive. This information was provided by Mary Ann Betton, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross.

Below is a list of local blood drives you can be a part of in the next month...

December 11, 2012 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fremont YMCA
1000 North St
Fremont, OH 43420
Donation Types: Blood
Notes: Fremont Community Blood Drive. Enter to win a Harley!!

December 13, 2012 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The Bellevue Hospital
1400 W. Main St.
Bellevue, OH 44811
Donation Types: Blood

December 15, 2012 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church
212 N. Clover St
Fremont, OH 43420
Donation Types: Blood
Notes: Fremont Community Blood Drive. Enter to win a Harley!!

December 17, 2012 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
60 West Main St.
Norwalk, OH 44857
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood

December 21, 2012 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Firelands Regional Medical Center
1912 Hayes Ave
Sandusky, OH 44870
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: Come to donate for a FREE Apple Pie Coupon at participating Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

December 21, 2012 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Congregational United Church of Christ
5 E. Main St
Berlin Heights, OH 44814
Donation Types: Blood
Notes: Come to donate for a FREE Apple pie coupon at participating Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

December 27, 2012 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Huron Public Library
333 Williams St.
Huron, OH 44839
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: Come to donate for a FREE Apple Pie Coupon at participating Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

December 27, 2012 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St Francis Xavier School
25 West Perry St.
Willard, OH 44890
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: Come to donate blood and receive a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

January 02, 2013 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bellevue Community
Site: Bellevue City Centre
3000 Seneca Industrial Pkwy
Bellevue, OH 44811
Donation Types: Blood
Notes: Enter to win a Harley

January 02, 2013 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
American Legion Post 41
1544 US Highway 20 West
Norwalk, OH 44857
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: come to donate and receive a FREE pound of Dunkin Donuts Coffee
 

Comments

titanfan84

If they paid people like they do for other body fluids they would probably get more donating. Give me some cash and I'd be there

asweetnessabove

So what you are saying Titan is that you won't help save lives unless you get paid for it? That's pretty shallow. I used to give blood all of the time, due to the fact that I got a tattoo in June, I have to wait until July 2013 now. But you bet your bottom I'll be donating because it's a selfless act, and I don't mind helping save lives. Money has no bearing on that.

Kimo

I give blood on a 56 to 63 day schedule. My only "pay" is that someday a teabag will need blood and won't know that it came from a Liberal Democrat.

;-)

totallyamazed

:-o
:-D
Just remember fellow conservatives....ask for the red blood not the blue blood before they pump it in.
;-)
:-)

titanfan84

What I'm saying I'd rather have cash then a pie. Cash is more incentive when times are tough. If you need gas money or food for your table a pie gift that they give u sometimes ain't going to help

ski

Kimo, may be hard for you to believe
but good conservatives give blood too. Maybe you'll get some of mine someday. HA

Jason Werling

I'm just amazed that my blog about giving blood has turned into a conservative/liberal argument. Who knew?

deertracker

I knew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kimo

Re:conservative/liberal argument

We are just josh'in

:-)