Every 57 days or so, I trudge home from my tired Manhattan commute and stop into my local ice-cream shop – What’s the Scoop – not for ice-cream, at least not as my primary goal, but to do my now-regular blood donation.
Note: Every three days or so I trudge into that shop to just get myself a nice ice-cream cone, which I finish during my walk home – my wife, none the wiser about my “pre-ssert”, wondering why I don’t want a second helping of her wonderful home-cooking.
When I was younger, I used to give blood occasionally, just not very often. Somehow I just never got around to doing it much. Now, it is so darned convenient (and there are other benefits :-)) that I recently got upgraded to the New Jersey Blood Center “Gallon Club”, which means I can now give blood by the gallon instead of by the mere pint. 😉
But maybe you need some motivation, so here are my top 17 reasons to give blood. Note: Please consult a medical professional if you think that maybe you shouldn’t be giving blood or you have any concerns about anything.
Also note: Some of the reasons below only apply to What’s the Scoop in Metuchen, New Jersey, so come on down!
- It’s fun and groovy. Seriously. It is.
- Easier than giving bone marrow.
- Where else can you sit around for an hour while people dote on you?
- People will dote on you.
- If you are good, you will get free beer and ice cream and pizza.
- Just kidding every one gets that.
- You’ve done good for the world.
- People will think you are a super man.
- Or woman.
- It’s the one thing you can do better than your cat.
- It’s like a mini physical.
- It’s an excuse to bulk up on iron via red meat, Guinness and spinach.
- If you don’t do it, people will cry.
- Also if you don’t do it, who will?
- Because blood doesn’t grow on trees.
- And most of all, I give blood because it makes me feel good about myself!
And of course, it helps save lives, blah blah blah… 😉