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.
GO DONATE, YOU INGRATES.
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!