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July 19, 2013

They're coming for your blood

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Blood donors have to present identification, and fill out some paperwork about medical history and medications. Information is kept confidential. A short medical check will also be conducted. 

The blood draw itself takes about 8 to 10 minutes, during which time about a pint of blood is collected. Donors usually sit down or recline. The site is then bandaged, and donors are usually offered a snack or beverage. 

In addition to swag such as ice cream and coffee, blood donors often get buttons or stickers with slogans such as “Be nice to me. I gave blood today.” 

We would suggest another slogan: “I saved someone’s life today.”

If it weren’t for giving blood, it’s not a button many of us would be able to wear. But thanks to the Red Cross, most of us have the chance to make that boast with pride. 

To find a blood drive near you, go to redcrossblood.org, or call (800) GIVE LIFE.

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