Just to elaborate on our assignment about philanthropy vs. pleasure, I want to talk about one of many things that makes me happy. Hopefully after reading this, maybe other people will want to do it too. One philanthropy I love doing is giving blood. It’s for a good cause and it honestly makes you feel like a new person, minus feeling light-headed and dizzy.
Chadron State has blood drives at least once a semester and I was feeling charitable so I decided to take the big leap and give blood. I had given blood before but it wasn’t voluntary; it was taken from me at the hospital. Anyway, I wasn’t too worried just because blood doesn’t bother me so I thought what the heck! Of course they have to do a back ground check to make sure you are healthy and have no problems. I was good to go and was told I was giving about two pints. My nurse was very friendly and made me very comfortable. She put the needle in my arm which of course provided me with a little pinch. My exterior was calm and collected but inside I was screaming. After a while, the pressure went a way and I was able to start pumping blood. They tell you to not watch the blood but I thought it was cool so I couldn’t help but peek. I took a little over ten minutes to pump a full bag and when I was done, they thanked me for my donation and stood me up. Not realizing how much blood I actually donated, I stood up too fast and fell over. They said that was very normal and they led me to the table and got me some juice to sip on. After I finally got back to normal, I felt accomplished and proud of myself. In turn, it gave me great happiness that I possibly saved someone’s life with my donation. Even though giving blood can make you extremely dizzy and light-headed, it can make you one of the happiest people on Earth. Saving a life can really make a difference in how happy someone can be.
If you would like to sign up to be a donator just go to www.redcross.org and it will take you through every step. Remember, it’s a good cause and you could possibly save a life.