I am a very passionate person. There are a lot of things that I love and one of the things I love most is giving. It brings joy to my heart that words simply cannot express. I wish we had tons and tons of money so we could do more tangible things for others. We do what we are able and the Lord always provides and blesses us in ways we could never have imagined. Chris and I have been doing one thing for almost a year now that is saving lives and costs us $0.
It's simple, fast, painless and priceless.
We are blood donors. We go in every 56 days and donate blood at St. Josephs hospital and it goes to CHOC (our children's hospital). I will tell you the first time I went I was nervous as all get out. I hate needles, I can't stand looking at blood and I am not a fan of hospitals. I will also tell you that when I walked out of that hospital my heart was swelling with joy. I knew that I had just given the gift of life to someones baby.
I went to donate again yesterday and after filling out my paperwork and getting my blood tested I was told where my blood went. The first bag of blood in August went to a 6 week old baby boy. My second bag of blood in November went to the same baby boy at 4 months old. You know me and my
sappy sensitive heart, I cried. Not just because I'm sappy but because I put myself in that baby boy's parents position. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a child so sick that they need a blood transfusion at the tender age of 6 weeks and 4 months. He is obviously fighting something serious and you have no idea the joy and the absolute honor it is to know that I am helping him in his fight.
Chris is going in to donate next week and we can hardly wait to find out who his blood when to. Maybe he has been a match for someone and is helping them? Maybe he has helped save several lives? It's exciting and it's quite humbling.
I want to challenge each one of you to give a little more of yourselves this year. It doesn't matter what you do, just do something that will better others. Giving blood is giving life to someone in desperate need and it only take an hour of your time every two months. I strongly urge you to make an appointment at your local hospital. All you have to do is google your local hospitals blood donor center and you're set. If you are in the Orange County area then I'm going to make it easy for you.
Give the blood bank at St. Joseph's a call at 714-744-8721
They are soo kind and even give you juice and warm chocolate chip cookies! Mmm
I especially want to encourage those of you who are parents. You know how precious little lives are. Help a family in need and make an appointment.
Little old me giving blood...and look! I'm smiling!Can you imagine how many lives would be saved if everyone who reads this blog gave blood?
No excuses people. Well, there are a few exceptions (if you have or have had cancer in the past 5 years, been to Africa in the past year or have a STD) other than that we can all donate. Yes, even those of you who are low in iron and all that jazz. I am low in iron and I just have to make sure I take my vitamins and eat foods that are high in iron a week before donating.
Let's get to it and save lives. Also, I am going to be putting together a blog of all of you who go out and donate (even if it's only 1 time). So, when you go please send me a picture of you donating and I will add it to this blog and enter you in an awesome giveaway.
I told you I'm passionate about this.
Hope to see your face in my inbox soon :)