12 Days of Giving – Day 12 – Lifestream

I believe the truest, most honest and most intimate gift is a gift of yourself.
Rather than go into commentary of handmade gifts or volunteering, instead I will remind you of a gift that is truly a gift of self- the gift of life by donating blood.

Lifestream is the blood bank for San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Lifestream says that every few seconds someone needs a blood transfusion, equaling 500 donations needed through its 5 donation centers in La Quinta, San Bernardino, Riverside, Hesperia and Ontario.

I’m sure now everyone reading this is thinking of someone who needed a transfusion through accident, surgery or childbirth. The national average for Americans who donate blood is five percent, with Southern California’s average three percent.

So this year, after the hubbub of the holidays is over, consider going to a donation center and donating, or looking for a nearby blood drive. All you need is to be a healthy adult weighing over 110 pounds, and as young as 15 can donate with parental consent.

The new year is only three weeks away- make a resolution to donate twice in the new year. Or more! Blood can be donated every eight weeks, and plasma and platelets even more often.

And enjoy that juice and cookie!

Megan blogs at Sunshine Wonderland. She is planning to have a snack at the blood bank a couple times next year.

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