Guest post from Kari of She Thrifts
We’d all like to be able to give back to our community, but doing so while on a tight budget can feel challenging. I’ve discovered an easy way to contribute that costs me nothing, and I receive some nice benefits, too… donating blood!
Benefit #1: It feels good!
Okay, maybe not the part where the needle goes into your arm (it’s a pinch, but not painful – really!), but the part where you know you have just helped save up to three lives… yeah, that feels good!
Benefit #2: A bubble of time that’s all mine!
I schedule my appointments for a time when my husband is able to be home with the kiddos and head to the donation location alone!
I don’t know about other busy mamas, but that’s a rarity for me.
Instead of finding the possible wait time annoying, I really enjoy it! I bring a book, or a magazine, or catch up on my favorite blog-reading on my phone.
Benefit #3: Juice and cookies!
Every donor gets to stop at the canteen for a snack and brief rest after their donation!
I was lucky when I first started donating blood that I had an employer who allowed me to donate on work time. Now that I am a mostly-stay-at-home-mama, I do it on my own time, but feel it’s totally worth the time invested.
Donors can give blood every 56 days, and it’s an annual goal of mine to donate at least 5 times every year. I downloaded the American Red Cross app on my phone recently and discovered I had just reached my 50th donation!
There are certain requirements you have to meet be eligible to donate (i.e. general good health, weight minimum, not pregnant, etc.) and there are certain situations where your donations will be deferred for a period of time (i.e. after a piercing, tattoo, or travel to certain areas of the world).
First time donors can find out what to expect here.
And you can find blood donation centers in your area here.
Do you regularly donate blood?
Kari is a librarian turned stay-at-home-mama to two boys, ages seven and four. She was inspired by a guest post on MSM several years ago to begin selling items on eBay, which has turned into a successful hobby job which in large part helped pay off her student loans *in full* in February, 2015. She blogs about her eBay adventures at She Thrifts.