"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. And I believe in miracles."
~ Audrey Hepburn


Saving lives, one pint at a time...

I walk to and from school every day and, every once in a while,
I notice a huge American Red Cross truck parked on campus. I know exactly
what this truck is for -- I was in ASB in high school and we had tonssss of blood drives.
I was really excited when I turned 18 during my senior year because I could finally donate,
(also because I got out of class all day and got to hang out and eat free snacks hehehe)
but ever since then, all I have ever done is walk right by the truck.
I always feel guilty because I know how valuable blood is (for the potential
receivers as well as scientists who use it for research), but I always tell myself that
I will donate next time. Or next time. Or next time...

So today, I finally did it. Today, I accomplished goal
#098: Donate blood.

I made this a goal for my Day Zero Project because
I think it is really selfish to hold onto blood that is useless to me,
especially when it can be so helpful to somebody else.
Did you know that one pint of blood can save three lives?

AND THEN. When I was talking to my roommates about it after,
they informed me that my blood type, O+, is the universal blood type. Meaning...
anybody can receive my blood. Meaning, I have been sitting around for two years
on my derrière while people all over the world are in need of a blood transfusion! FROM ME!
Well, ladies and gentlemen, this realization nearly brought me to tears.
So I promise I will donate as often as I can. I really will.
Plus, you can choose what color bandage you wear!
I chose pink. Obvi.



UPDATE: Turns out O+ isn't the universal blood type! O- is!
But O+ can still donate to all of the positive blood types and
is actually the most common blood type for Americans. So get goin' peeps!


Anonymous said...

ahhh you're so cute and wonderful. I,too, feel guilty when I walk by that truck on campus, but I still don't weigh enough to donate. I WANT A PINK BANDAGE! :(

- H

Cella Babee said...

Haha ♥

You can wear mine when I'm done with it? If you want?

Anonymous said...

ooh! i wonder what kind of blood i have! THE KIND THAT IS ALLERGIC TO EVERYTHING!!!! hahaha p.s.good job! :D
luv, shelly

Alejia said...

Oh I didn't know you were +. And whatevers you can still give to half of the blood types which is more than my A+ blood. I can only give to A+ people and it's the most common type of blood so they never ask for it. And yay I'm glad this made you feel so good. :)