OK, here's another segment of Sunday Bloody Sunday and I'm excited to bring you some more blood donors from Manic Mommy's Virtual Blog for Blood contest! All of these lovely people, ('cept my mother! -- wait, she's lovely too, that's NOT WHAT I MEANT) will be entered to win the great prizes at the end of the contest, which runs through February, and they all have a chance to win a five-night, six-day trip to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Florida!
Also, if you can't donate blood, if you have a blog, or a Facebook page, or know how to Twitter, or can share this news with ANYONE via the web, the newspaper, a television show, radio show, please do so, as a pint of blood can save LIVES!
Here we go ....
Thanks to the lovely and feisty Irish Wench (LOVE HER SCREEN NAME!) for donating, and she put up a whole blog post about her experience (I tried to put up her photo but had some technical difficulties so you'll have to go see her blog!): Go here to Feisty Irish Wench's blog!
This is what Feisty Irish Wench said: My husband didn't understand the assignment he was given. So there are three pictures instead of one single picture that clearly demonstrates that it was indeed me in the chair donating blood.
Thanks so much Feisty Irish Wench for donating that lifesaving blood and for sharing your experience on your own blog! You are now entered for a chance at the grand prize Florida trip and other great prizes that will be announced at the end of February!
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And then we have our FIRST MALE DONOR, SCOTT! Who is from Maryland!
He is Dawn's hubby from Morning Light Mama whom I have loved since the first time I saw the picture of her with her three kids and she's smiling so bright and her kids are screaming!
Scott wrote a great post about his experience here at his blog. Thank you so much Scott, for showing everyone that a man can take the time to donate too! I don't know why more MEN don't donate. It's not like it's a scary thing. Men, are you CHICKEN out there? Yes, that's a challenge to you, to see if more men will donate!
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And then we have Debbie from Oklahoma who donated this week too!
Ah, doesn't Debbie look so relaxed and happy? It's because she knows she is saving lives!
Here's what she wrote:
What inspired me to donate? Good question. I was severely anemic twice in a three year period. I was finally diagnosed with having lesions/bleeding internally due to taking medication. I stopped that medication and took double iron pills daily for over six months. During that time of being so anemic twice, both times I found out initially due to being denied the ability to give blood while in the chair trying to donate. This last time around, I was denied on two separate occasions, months apart.
My son's school's PTA scheduled a blood drive. I'm on the board of the PTA, and the president asked me to donate. I told her that I couldn't because I'd been so anemic, and I was sure that I wouldn't qualify. I went to the PTA meeting yesterday and kept looking out the door at the donation area that had been set up. Finally, I knew I just had to try, got up, and slipped out quietly at the end of the meeting. I told the blood donation people that I wasn't sure if I'd qualify, but I wanted to try. They tested me, and my iron levels were only one point above the minimally acceptable range! I was so excited!! So I finished all the questions they make you answer, hopped on the table, and gave blood.
And lastly for this week ...
And now, what's holding you back from going out this week to donate? And if you can't, can you please just put a note on your facebook page, your blog, tell your co-workers or your mom friends about the contest? I'd love to get more donators than last year this time around, and there's a MAJOR MAJOR prize this year ... a GREAT TRIP TO FLORIDA!
Thanks all who have donated so far, and thanks to you all for helping to share the word, and thanks to you all who come here to read Manic Mommy! If this is the first you've heard about Manic Mommy's Virtual Blog for Blood head on over to this post for all the details on this year's contest! You don't want to miss out on saving lives!
(Wow, I haven't said that in a really LONG time!)