Your weekend can be fun, your weekend can be productive, and… your weekend can also be beneficial to other people. And on the top of the list for that third category is donating blood.

So, why should you—or anyone—spare a bit of their free time to visit the local PMI chapter and sit down to be stuck with an exceptionally large needle?

First of all, blood transfusions are needed in more cases than we imagine: Women suffering complications during childbirth, children with anemia, accident victims, people with thalassemia and sickle cell disease (who need it regularly), and many patients undergoing surgery or cancer treatments. What’s more, blood can only be stored for a limited time.

And that’s why coordinators for blood donations can sometimes appear to be so… pushy. Because, yes, every single donation counts and can probably help save a life.

Sure, there are purported health benefits of donating blood such as promoting red blood cell production; but in the end, I do believe that the simple fact it’s so crucial should be enough motivation for any of us to donate.

And besides, you usually get a snack packet afterwards and that’s always welcome… ^^

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