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Donate Blood - Save Lives ~ #BeImpulsive


Have you thought about blood donation? Today I want to share with you, why you should consider donating blood, in partnership with Bonfils Blood Center.


I have always advocated for blood donations. As a former military member, an army medic to be exact, one of the things that we did consistently in the army was donating blood. When you're deployed anything can happen. Knowing that there was a constant supply of blood made us feel a bit more comfortable, but not too comfortable. Blood donation is something that we were all required to do, unless of course you were exempt and something that I did willingly. Even now that I am out of the army, it's still something that I do, and I want to share with you my reasons why.


Here are three very simple reasons why you should, and why I donate blood.

1. You can save a life, or three. 
Know that the life that you save can very well be a family, friend or even your own. You never know if an accident may happen and you will need a blood transfusion.

2. It's very simple and takes less than an hour. 
The process from start to finish is very easy, and the blood donation itself takes about 10-15 minutes.

3. It's the right thing to do.
What other reason do you need?


Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood? That's a very high statistic isn't it? One in 7 people entering a U.S hospital needs a blood transfusion and one whole blood donation has the potential of helping up to three patients. Yes you read that correctly, 3!!

You can donate blood every 2 months, so generally six times a year and it was time for me to donate. Before you donate, be sure that you are hydrated and have eaten. I went to my local Bonfils Blood Center where it is all voluntary. There are no incentives to donate blood and the process is very simple.

1. Fill out the registration form. Be sure to have an ID on hand.

2. You will be screened, with vitals taken (blood pressure, temperature and pulse) and blood count. Then you will fill out a questionnaire asking about your health and places traveled, and also what medications you may be taking, if any.

3. Once that is over and you've passed the screening process, you will then be able to donate.


While I donated whole blood, platelets are especially needed. They only have a shelf life of 5 days and are used to help treat cancer and other patients.

In addition to donating blood you can also donate plasma, which has the same lifesaving effect and is in even greater need. Plasma contains important proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, traumas, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.

Most people tend to think that accident victims are the ones who use the most blood, but that's a very common misunderstanding. Actually, people who receive the most blood include those who are:

  • being treated for cancer
  • undergoing orthopedic surgeries
  • undergoing organ and marrow transplants
  • undergoing cardiovascular surgeries
  • being treated for inherited blood disorders
Major disasters don’t usually require large amounts of blood. In most cases, hospitals rely on the blood that is already on their shelves to save lives. You can help blood centers be at the ready by making sure blood is available before it’s needed.


How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.


Annmarie John
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  1. My husband and I both have rare blood types and donate about every 3 months. It's an easy way to give back.

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  2. Aw, what can I say but you my friend are an amazing lady and love that you posted up about your very own personal experience giving blood today <3

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  3. It's so important to donate blood. We do it every time there's a drive. It saves lives!

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  4. It's so incredibly important to donate blood. I've been doing it since I went to a school blood drive. Thanks for sharing such an important issue with everyone.

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  5. This is such an important post. I just donated for this first time ever this summer and it was less scary than I thought.

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  6. As someone who has had a blood transfusion I know how important donating blood is. I think it is something that we should all do! So good to bring awareness to this.

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  7. Donating blood is a very noble thing to do and we never did it. I will keep this in mind and look for centers by me, it is only the time that you need.

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  8. I agree that donating blood is such a great thing to do for others! I have type O- and used to give often before getting Lyme disease. My doctor has told me I can't ever give blood again and this makes me sad. I'm thankful for your post bringing awareness to this need, AnnMarie. Healthy people can give blood and make a difference in the lives of others and what an amazing thing that is!

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  9. It's great for those that are able to donate blood! So many people need it when in a life threatening situation and it helps to save their life.

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  10. You're preaching to the choir here.:) I'm an O- baby donor, so I give my blood away just as soon as they'll take it.

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  11. I have been donating blood since high school. I remember doing it the first time and just wanting to get out of math class lol. I ended up really feeling great about it though and donate whenever I can

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  12. I can't donate blood because of blood sugar problems, and low blood pressure. However, my husband more than makes up for it. He always donates blood when the bus comes to his office.

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  13. My husband and son regularly donate blood. I can't, but I am very proud of them for doing it. I think it's important to donate blood if you are able.

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  14. It's awesome that you do this! I'm glad it's so easy. It's been a while since I last donated and I wouldn't mind doing it again.

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  15. I've never been able to donate blood before because I've not weighed enough. But it's definitely a great thing to do and can help many people in need.

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  16. My daughter gives blood at school. I love that she has found her own way to give to those in need.

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  17. It's really important to donate blood if your health permits it. You're right about getting the chance to save lives. I've had family members who needed blood donations and we had to wait for supplies. It's quick and easy, anyone can and should do it!

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  18. I donate blood and plasma regularly and I can't recommend it enough! Good on you and love that you are promoting this!

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  19. Love the hashtag. I was just talking to my family members about donating blood. Unfortunately, I am unable to due to weight restrictions but I think it's such a great way to help others in need.

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  20. Donating blood is such an awesome thing to do to be able to help out those in need. I cannot believe the statistics are that high! It's really nice to go out and donate when you're able, it's going to help so many people in need, especially if you have a rare blood type.

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  21. Thank you for raising awareness and being brave. I need to be a little more brave and do my part.

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  22. My mom always raised us to give blood, and to give it often. Thanks for the reminder to look for my next blood mobile in the neighborhood!

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  23. Thanks for the reminder. It has been a while since I donated but it is super easy. When I was younger I was afraid of the needles but not anymore.

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  24. I was much better about giving blood before kids. I need to get it together and get back into the routine of giving blood every few months.

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  25. You are awesome! This is a great way to help and raise awareness of how many people need blood donations. Thanks for your tips!

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  26. You are awesome! This is a great way to help and raise awareness of how many people need blood donations. Thanks for your tips!

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  27. You are a brave woman. I am squeemish and I hate blood so me personally i could never donate blood...so scared of needles.

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  28. I am O+ and I think I am a universal donor. There was once a time I wanted to donate blood but I had traveled outside the country to a Malaria prone region and was given a certain period to cool off. I think it was 3 years, after that, I lost interest but I really would like to donate now as the 3 years has just elapsed. Thanks for the reminder

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  29. Such a great post. My husband and i donate all the time!

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  30. I wish I could give blood. I am a B+ and I know I could help a lot of people. It's sad that I can't.

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  31. It's like you said. There aren't many reasons NOT to do it - except for health/weight, etc. - but so many reasons to DO it. Cassidy has a blood drive at his work each year. And I finally do know my blood type after having kids. Sadly, it isn't O, because I'd love to be a universal donor.

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  32. I must admit, when it comes to needles I'm a big chicken. But I will say if someone I knew needed blood, I would suck up my fear and donate. I think it's amazing how many people are willing to donate to anyone and I truly admire it.

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  33. So important! Unfortunately, I'm anemic and can't donate blood. But I've done volunteer work in healthcare and seen how important it is to help support blood banks and keep them fully stocked. Especially in times of crisis

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  34. Being born in Europe during the mad cow outbreak prevents me from donating, but I do my best to help in other ways! Great post friend!

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  35. I would love so much to do this, however, I am diabetic and so my blood is laden with glucose. I encourage my sons to do so. It will not only help save a life, it will also be good for their health because their body will produce new red blood cells!

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  36. I need to go and donate! For the longest time I never met the weight requirement and now that I do, I need to get my butt to a donation center!

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  37. I tried donating blood once and almost passed out. They ended up throwing away by blood because they couldn't draw the extra they need to test. I haven't done it since but have been wanting to. Such a great thing to do for others

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  38. Donating blood is not only a simple thing to do but also you could save a life for it. It's amazing that there are people like you who contribute and help raise awareness.

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  39. I think that everyone who can should donate blood. I used to be a regular donator but because I have accupuncture currently I'm not able to. It's such a great thing to do.

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  40. Aw what a beautiful person you are. I would really like to donate blood too. Especially if I can help save a life. That would truly mean something special x

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  41. Donating blood is such a great thing and a feel good initiative we all should do. So many can be helped with this one little action if we all really do it!

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  42. The blood donation people are never too excited to see me since only about 2% of the population can use my blood type. I try to drag O+ man with his universal donor blood in as much as possible to make up for it. ;)

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  43. Yes, all GREAT reasons to give blood. D does do it. I wish I could. I tried, but because my iron was too low, i wasn't able to give. But for those that can, definitely do it!

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