Do you like to donate blood? I do! I think it's really fantastic that I can be a hero and save up to 3 people's lives each time, all while sitting back on a couch with my feet up! (Actually, it's just fantastic to be made to sit back & relax on a couch with my feet up for any reason!) If I ever saw a person drowning I don't know if I could jump in the water to rescue them. If ever I encountered someone needing CPR I don't know if I'd remember how to perform the procedure. BUT I can take less than an hour of my time, sit back and relax, endure a few pin pricks, and save people's lives, and be given juice & cookies afterwards. Even better, my local feed store used to routinely schedule the bloodmobile to come there and the owner would give every donor a free bag of whatever kind of feed they wanted, up to $15 in value. I used to go there and get a bag of Flock Raiser for my birds. I hope they appreciated what I went through to get it for them! But they haven't had them at that store for a while, so now I donate when my church schedules the bus to come. Last time my 16-year-old son donated blood for his very first time. I was so PROUD of him for doing that! All my boys have sat & watched me give blood many times so I hope it's been a good example for them. My little boys think it's great when I go donate because they get to eat cookies & drink juice while they wait. "When are you going to donate blood again Mom?" they ask, the little ghouls! In many communities the blood banks run low at this time of year. Many donors are too busy with holiday business, while the need for blood increases with holiday traffic-related accidents. Please consider donating blood if you can, and if for some reason you cannot, try to persuade someone else to donate instead.