When it comes to good deeds, escorting the elderly across busy roadways and giving a few bucks to the homeless is usually a good way to quickly swing karma in your favor. If that’s not enough to quench your thirst for doing your part to save the world, there’s an alternative to kick it up a notch.
You can give your money, you can give your time, and while those options do contribute to an overall sense of the greater good, they don’t quite measure up to the act of giving blood.
Why give blood? The simple answer is that, bottom line, the act saves lives. With just one pint of blood, three lives can be affected, and given the fact that every 2 seconds a blood transfusion is needed, a pint can be put to good use fairly quickly.
Blood isn’t easy to come by seeing as it can’t be manufactured, and only 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, so there are already roadblocks for the 5 million patients in the US that need blood every year. Between those 5 millions patients, 30 million blood transfusions are performed yearly.
The average person is walking around with 10 pints of blood, so giving one pint still leaves you with 90% of your total volume, which a normally-functioning body is able to regenerate in as few as 8 weeks. If you only donate platelets, you’ll be back to 100% in as few as 7 days, but unfortunately platelets only have a shelf life of 5 days.
So, if you’re looking to fulfill your good deed for the day and appease the karma authorities for at least 56 days, give blood and give life.