The Red Cross is need of blood as they are seeing donations at a 12-year low this summer.
I’ll be the first to admit that while in high school, I gave blood mainly to get out of class for a little while, which is probably why the blood drive was always crowded. I never really gave much thought to who was benefiting from the donation.
Last year though, my family really saw the benefits of giving blood first hand. My nephew was born with a heart defect that required open-heart surgery when he was 4 months old to correct it, and that required blood transfusions. The little guy is healthy and happy today like most 1-year-olds.
If you would like to donate blood, contact the Red Cross. You can find a local blood drive and make an appointment through the link below.