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Tony SOH Founder
01/05/13 9:34 am

It's not a "donation" if it's not willingly. :)

01/05/13 12:27 pm

I am not able to give because of medical issues, but I have received countless bags of blood. Thank you to all who have donated! It saved my life.

01/05/13 12:56 pm

I give as often as I can, but have been sick a lot the past year. My dad on the other hand is working on his 57th gallon

rhse50 Georgia
01/05/13 6:51 pm

Thanks to all who have! I had 90+ units in an eight week span waiting on a bone marrow transplant. Saved my life!!

01/05/13 6:17 pm

Not everyone is able to donate. I would love to donate, but gay males are still banned from donating based on outdated fears from the 80's.

eko615 RVA
01/05/13 12:16 pm

Earlier today! In still wearing the band on my arm! How weird that today this question gets asked...

Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/05/13 11:51 am

Flying aircraft. Don't want to pass out doing that, do you?

01/05/13 9:40 am

My first time donating was last month. I'm O neg so I really felt like I was helping someone in need. Now I want to donate every 55 days!

01/05/13 10:48 am

Got my 5 gallon card years ago. I have no idea how many gallons I've actually donated. It's easy and the right thing to do.

01/05/13 6:38 pm

Fear of needles shouldn't be an excuse, or a reason to not give blood. There's someone out there who's scared to DIE.
What if it was you and the nurse came and said, "sorry, but the blood donor was scared of a little needle so you won't be getting the blood you need today to survive."

Sam95 Nebraska
01/05/13 12:14 pm

Yes, My first time was last month. I just got my donors card yesterday so I will be donating whenever I can now. I love knowing that I'm saving lives.

m221 Michigan
01/05/13 10:05 pm

At my high school, seniors are rewarded a red cord on graduation day if we donate 3 times during the year. I think it's kind of a cool insentive to introduce students to giving blood. I've donated twice already and plan to continue donating my whole life!

01/05/13 5:51 pm

About 45 times....O neg so it usually goes to babies. ????

andrewv SC
01/05/13 6:32 pm

I hate that so much. It is so illogical and potentially disabling people from saving other's lives. It's sick.

stevetinfc Oregon
01/05/13 8:20 pm

Today, in fact!

moonshot More often I know nothing
01/05/13 12:02 pm

This is very disappointing. Everyone that is able should give blood. I have been a donor since I was 18 and am now up to 4 gallons or so over my lifetime. It is painless and helps others in serious need. Why wouldn't everyone do this?

ryno Flyover Country
01/05/13 8:34 pm

Love the Ad free addition. Thanks Tony!

Hawkn Texas
01/05/13 11:00 am

It's amazing how easy it is to literally give life to another person in need.
The human body's remarkable.

susanr Colorado
01/05/13 7:07 pm

Keep in mind that some aren't eligible for various reasons, including medical conditions, international travel, and age. Lots of young people here have mentioned that they'd like to but are too young.

01/05/13 5:12 pm

Less than half have donated?!!! This is absolutely criminal!

RogueMom In a Hand Basket
01/05/13 6:04 pm

Ugh! Distracted typing. I had meant to put "Pregnancy has slowed down my donating," but paused to answer my husband's request and when I sat down to finish the sentence I thought I had remembered, "Giving has slowed down due to pregnancy"

01/06/13 1:48 am

Isn't that a load of crap?
I remember being publicly embarrassed in high school being turned away from donating because of those ridiculous rules.
Every drop is screened and cleaned, having same-sex intercourse should not limit ones abilities to donate blood.

burdman Nowhere
01/05/13 9:30 am

Nope too young :( I would though if I could

jms in the middle of Nowhere
01/05/13 9:47 am

Yes!!! Well over a gallon although I'm not sure the exact amount. They're always surprised when I tell them I'm AB+. Apparently they like my blood. :-) I have a permanent scar from it. I have one vein that gushes very well and I make them use that arm every time.

01/05/13 10:06 am

Donated as soon as I could when I turned 16. I would donate more of u school had drives more regularly.

smarttexan More Moderate Than U
01/05/13 10:08 am

Did so yesterday at work. Try to do it every time I can.

01/06/13 12:21 am

Yes but every time I have I have fainted afterward due to the fact I hate needles.

riggsy Myrtle Beach, S.C.
01/05/13 2:59 pm

Yes, almost up to 15 gallons. I give as much as I can as my husband cannot.

moonshot More often I know nothing
01/05/13 2:00 pm

You feel a prick when the needle goes through your skin. You have very few nerve endings at the inside of your elbow. Honestly, you'll hardly notice the prick. For most people, the discomfort is all self generated - in other words, it's all in you head!

01/05/13 2:10 pm

I've done it once and always mean to go more often. If you're in the military I encourage you to go as often as possible since the blood used in war zones is from other military members. Our brothers in arms need our help.

Shubunkin1950 Florida
01/05/13 9:37 am

Yep... proud member of the 5 gallon club!

01/06/13 2:51 am

Yup! Every 2-3 months I donate whole blood, no exceptions. I encourage everyone to do it as well (that is capable) - you're giving back in more ways than you know.

Think Lovin Life
01/05/13 9:52 pm

Unless you have a condition that prevents you from donating, please consider this worthy action!

widdy76 always here
01/05/13 9:08 pm

Yes... And I need to more often. I have really good blood, and they actually take my platelets bc one pint of platelets helps more people. I've also had a transfusion after I delivered my 1st baby... So thanks to whoever that was. It saved my life.

01/05/13 11:39 am

As a result of that I firmly believe that they should hire clean and sober former drug users. I'm sure they'd have a better chance of finding veins than the people they have now.

Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/05/13 2:58 pm

The best part is.....all the Little Debbie snacks that you can eat :)

JennaF sunflower state of mind
01/05/13 5:32 pm

That's actually a great idea! They should do it across the country.

cowboy Doors of Perception
01/05/13 1:31 pm

Yes. Several times.

redrocker Idaho
01/05/13 3:14 pm

in California they would give points that you could use to buy stuff. don't think they do it where I live now.

thehopedivision Atlanta
01/05/13 8:22 pm

Thrice a year religiously for the past 4.

AnnieM The Island
01/05/13 6:21 pm

Lol, RougeMom, my first thought when reading the sentence was "well, don't know how far along you are but it seems pregnancy brain has kicked in" ;)

BobbyHill2468 Pennsylvania
01/05/13 9:39 am

Yup. Just did it at my school a few months ago.

bambi069 Anacortes
01/05/13 11:24 pm

More than 3 gallons and still going. While I was pregnant I had my husband donate in my place since I was unable. I also do the plasma separation since I am such a good bleeder never more than 4:15 minutes. I guess that's probably not so good if I were to get injured. :)

PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
01/05/13 4:29 pm

Wow! I thought it would hurt a lot. I'll consider it then. Thanks guys!

Destroyer Instillation 04
01/06/13 6:24 pm

10 times so far and I'm only 19.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
01/05/13 9:06 pm

Are you serious? That is more than ridiculous.

RogueMom In a Hand Basket
01/06/13 5:39 am

Annie: Ha! I wish I still had that excuse. He's 6 months today, so it's just Mommy Brain!

01/05/13 11:34 am

I feel guilty if I don't at least every other month! If you can do it you should. Maybe we should make it tax exemptable. We'd never have another shortage.

Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/05/13 10:21 am

I haven't been able to donate for 15 years because of locations that I lived. I'll be able to donate again in 5 years. Then I'll start working on my 4th gallon. I'll just have to plan carefully, because I'm restricted from doing my job for 72 hours after donation.

sweetnes34 Outta Phucks
01/05/13 10:29 am

that's usually because you're not hydrated properly.