Happy World Blood Donor Day!

Posted on June 14, 2012

     Today is World Blood Donor Day!  The World Health Organization says that today is a day to honor every blood donor and to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products globally.  Donating blood is a great way to help those around you.  Every blood donor is a hero.  Each donation can save up to three lives!!!!!  Today celebrates all you blood donors out there, past and present, near and far, young and young-at-heart.  I remember first giving blood in high school and had such a great experience that I promised myself I’d try and give blood twice a year.  My roommate Tova in Stern even ran the blood drives!  I would donate blood twice a year for 3 years but have since then stopped donating since it made me sick to the point that the nurses told me it wasn’t worth it to give.  I might try again another day though!  Today inspires me to remember the times that I did give in both Israel and America and to think about the beauty of donating blood and helping those in need.  So if you can donate blood, make an appointment!  http://www.redcross.org/ You’ll be glad you did…and so will the people that you save.

Here are a couple of pictures of me and my friends giving blood during our year in Israel in 2008! =)

Donating Blood at Magen David Adom with my friend Katie just one week prior to the terrorist attack on Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav  (After the attack I felt so helpless.   Upon remembering I’d donated blood, I was able to understand and take comfort in knowing that I  potentially contributed to the relief efforts.)
With my madricha (advisor) Perry, donating blood after a day of medical clowning at Hadassah Har Hazofim Hospital in Jerusalem
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