It’s 1684. You have pneumonia. You poor, poor pilgrim you. So your pilgrim family takes you to the village “doctor”. He sees your fever, chills, and trouble breathing and he quickly comes to the conclusion that it’s your blood, yes, your very blood that is making you so dang sick. Easy fix! They just drain some of that pesky blood out. Unfortunately, that probably didn’t help the pneumonia and you now have less of a chance of making it. Sorry pilgrim person, you were born before the medical community discovered all of the amazing things there are to know about blood, our circulatory system, and how important it is to please, please leave the blood inside our bodies.
There have been so many amazing advances in technology and medicine in the last 100 years – we went from bloodletting (see above) as a normal medical procedure to understanding blood types and transfusions. The most amazing thing of all, however, is that at the same time, a MASSIVE network of donors and community organized blood centers were developed to help with organizing, obtaining, and distributing the donations. In 1962, seven community-based blood centers came together with the help of local hospitals, physicians and civic groups to establish America's Blood Centers. And thus began the nationwide, donor driven effort to make sure there is a constant supply of blood for people who need it.
And that’s where you come in. You are what these centers and those patients depend on; people willing to spend an hour every few months getting a bit of a sting in your arm and eating a few delicious cookies. Because to me, the most amazing part of blood donation isn’t the science, the technology, the awesome free t-shirts, or even the organization behind getting blood to people – it’s the simple fact that it’s based on the idea that we want to help each other. We want to do something for our community, for our people we haven’t and will probably never meet, because it’s important. I feel extremely proud to work in a place with so many people who know and appreciate it. So to everyone at C2G, those who are donating as well as those who wanted to but couldn’t, thank you.
- Danielle Daniel and Christie Malloy
C2G employees donated 29 units of blood and hit 107% of their goal. It is estimated that 87 lives could be saved from the C2G donations.
If you are interested in participating in a local blood drive check out Community Blood Center: http://www.cbccts.org/contact-us.aspx