We've had a GREAT week of donors and I'd like to thank you all! And let's NOT FORGET that you still have THE WHOLE MONTH OF FEBRUARY TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE TO DONATE!
All Manic Mommy Virtual Blood Contest Details are here.
So what's stopping YOU? Nothing stopped these fine people, and they are all now entered to win the grand prize, six-day, five-night stay at Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida!
So let's meet these latest wonderful people:
Shelly Pepper, Illinois:
Here's what Shelley wrote:
You said my last name makes you smile and I'm betting this email will make you smile too ... I donated blood today! Yes, I am no longer a blood donor virgin ... and we'll just leave it at that. Keeping my fingers crossed cuz' while a gift card would be nice, Florida would be SOOOOO much nicer - I'm sick of this snow!! I told my fiancee he's going back to donate so he can enter too (and you can get another man in your contest!). I made him go with me today as I have a track record of passing out when my blood is taken (no worries - I was fine today!) and to prove to him that it's no big deal - why are men such wusses about stupid stuff? Haha! Hope you get bunches of donors this year (although I shouldn't as that will reduce my chances of being Florida bound! ha)! Well, I'm off to eat me some red meat! Talk to ya later!
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And here's Tiara-Wearing-Melisa-with-One-S, who is an Alum Donor. And Former Manic Stalker Turned Friend. She called me up on Tuesday to tell me she was donating and although I was at my kids' school reading to the first graders (YES! I do volunteer and do cutesy mom things SOMETIMES!), I was able to sneak over to the blood center and surprise her and hold her hand while they jabbed the needle into her arm. What a great gal she is--she teaches spin class, and then comes over all hot and sweaty to give her blood, which flowed really fast they said because she is an exercise guru!
You can read her version here at her blog Suburban Scrawl, which is always funny and I'm sorry Melisa that I don't get over there as much as I'd like to, but I don't want you to think I'm stalking you or anything! : )
After Melisa donated, we sat and had a brownie and Diet Coke and chatted with the gals at Heartland cuz I just love 'em over there, and we caught up on some blog gossip and the usual, and she told me about Weaselmomma and how cool she is, and her husband's awesome Exorcist soup and how they have like more kids than that chick who just had like a bazillion kids. So of course I wanted to know all about this cool new person who calls herself a weasel, so I checked out her blog. Now, that's a clue for you to go over and say hi to weaselmomma and then tell her Manic Mommy said to do so, so then she'll be like, "Why are all these people coming over to my blog to say hello, and then she'll come over here and see why, and that'll be kind of funny, don't you think? Oh, and then she'll read how I am CHALLENGING HER TO DONATE BLOOD! Bwhahahaahahah! WeaselMomma, do you accept this challenge to donate blood?
And YES! I have just decided that every Sunday now, I am going to challenge another blogger to donate blood, even though we don't have many Sundays left, but this challenge officially goes out to WEASELMOMMA, so someone (EVERYONE!) please go to Weaselmomma and let her know she is now challenged to enter Manic Mommy's Virtual Blog for Blood Contest.
And you can thank Melisa with One S for introducing you to me!
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And next up, we have Michelle, who found out about the blood drive through my good friend Dawn at Because I Said So
This is what Michelle wrote:
Hello! I found your blog through Because I Said So (OK, it was your
Sunday Shout Out question! Apparently, that worked!)
FYI, for the TWO of you who don't read Dawn's Because I Said So, she answers questions every Sunday, and I always leave her an obnoxious question asking her something irrelevant about blood donating or something silly so she'll laugh and say, "Manic, you're crazy!" Apparently, this tactic got Michelle to notice the blood drive and she came over to see what it's about and she DONATED! So, thanks to Michelle and Dawn! (PS--Dawn, I left you ANOTHER Sunday Sound Out goofy question TODAY too!)
Now, back to Michelle:
I love seeing all the people in the chairs! It's a great addition to a contest! And even though you didn't convert a new donor with me (I'm a pretty consistent donor), you did convert a new blog reader :)
Thank YOU Michelle! And check out Michelle's blog at naiad-kitty
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And lastly, but NOT leastly, we have Nikki, from NICE, and WARM, and SUNNY Phoenix! I have been FREEZING in Chicago lately so Phoenix sounds SOOOO WARM to me!
Here's what Nikki wrote:
I’ve always been a donator of blood. I started when I was 17 (YAY FOR YOU NIKKI!)and have been an consistent donator at least once a year, except when I had my children. I love being able to help others, and with a blood type of O+, (I'M O POSITIVE TOO NIKKI!) I find myself in high demand. We relocated to Phoenix a few years ago, and I was thrilled to find out that the building I work in holds 3-4 drives a year. It was my time again, and it just happened to coincide with your virtual blood drive. I was so thrilled to find it!
Just as an aside, getting to Florida is not an option for me right now, so please don’t include me in the grand prize drawing. Any second or third prize drawings I would be happy to be part of. Florida is just out of our reach.
No problem Nikki--how 'bout since I'm soooo cold, I'll put your name in and if you win, I'LL GO IN YOUR PLACE!!! HA! I'm kidding! That wouldn't be fair, now would it!?!? I will make sure that your name will go into the hat for the other prizes, just not the grand prize trip to Fla!
So everyone, here you have it! These darling ladies have all saved some lives this week. It was easy for them. No one passed out. It wasn't an inconvenience for anyone. No one complained about anything. They all have beautiful smiles on their faces ... Why don't you go out this week and do ONE SMALL KIND THING ...
DONATE BLOOD AND SAVE SOME LIVES!
All the details are RIGHT here.
Let's see how many of you we can get for next week. Not only am I counting on you. So many others are too!
And there really is a desperate shortage of blood out there, so please, go help!