Until September 22, 2015, I was a regular blood donor. That’s the day I was admitted to the ER gasping for breath. The doctors concluded that for reasons unknown, my blood had begun clotting more often than needed, and my lungs were full of clots. I left the hospital on a regimen of blood thinning drugs, and they recommended I stay on them, lest another clot stop my breathing, or my heart, or my brain.

Not long after, I found out that this life saving drug made it impossible for me to donate blood safely.  The Red Cross no longer can accept me as a donor.

One blood donation has the potential to save as many as three lives.  I’m posting today to encourage you, if you are able, to donate blood. Yes, it takes a little time. Yes, a needle stick is uncomfortable. But there are few things a person can do that can give so much to the world.

Some facts:

  • Today, fewer than 4 of every 10 people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood.
  • Fewer than 1 in 10 actually donate.
  • Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.
  • 3 teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life.
  • Most whole blood donors can give every 8 weeks.
  • Blood lasts only 42 days.

– info from www.bloodsource.org

Want to do a mitzvah that will cost you nothing but a little time? Use this website to find a blood donation center or drive near you.

Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.

— Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.