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Share the love, donate blood

March 7, 2014 - Brett Van Waus
There’s a first time for everything and my first time donating blood was Wednesday at the community Red Cross blood drive. Donating blood was something I always turned my head to because of my fear of needles. I thought I would give it go anyway because it’s something I have never done and it’s for a good cause. Me, being a few pounds above the 110 lb. weight requirement, was extremely nervous as I was being tested to see if I was an able donor. I was relieved when passed the donor tests. I was ready. As the woman took out the empty pouches I started getting nervous again to the thought of her taking that much blood out of me to fill it up. I watched my coworker Mike Donahey as he calmly laid on the chair close to mine as he donated. This made me feel more comfortable and also helped me forget about the fact that it would be me shortly. She stuck the needle in and to my surprise it wasn’t painful like I envisioned it. I took a couple blood-donating selfies, scrolled through the newsfeed on Twitter, looked at the NBA online store. Before I knew it the 20 minutes passed and that bag was filled. After that I munched on sweets for 15 minutes. I pleased with myself that I did it successfully. While I was donating, I was talking to other community members. I talked to some people I knew from covering different stories and others I didn’t know that also donated. Everyone was really nice and friendly, which made me forget about the needle inside my vein. Donating blood is something I want to do again. The more I think about it the more amazed I am with the fact a pouch of my blood could save a life. It’s something everyone should do and takes less than an hour.



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