How One Red Cross Volunteer Overcame Her Fear of Donating Blood

I became a first-time blood donor, thanks to the American Red Cross and its incredible volunteers. – Ava Arteaga Shortly after joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, I realized I had never donated blood. I knew blood donations had decreased since the beginning of the pandemic and decided this would be a great way to begin my volunteer journey and contribute to those in need of lifesaving blood. I began this process by booking an appointment online at RedCrossBlood.org. I scheduled an appointment and decided to complete my RapidPass® next— this way I could save time on the day of the blood donation. When the day eventually arrived, I got dropped off at the blood drive by my brother and planned to have a friend pick me up. My mother is a nurse and insisted I not drive myself home. Once inside, I was greeted by a kind Red Cross volunteer. He could tell I was feeling a bit anxious and chatted with me for a minute. He answered my questions, told me what to expect, and offered positive encouragement. I was directed to another volunteer who greeted me, took down some of my information, and recorded my blood pressure. Within a few minutes, I was being walked over to the center of the building where several tables were spread out – some of which people were laying on. I was somewhat thrown off by this and asked what that was all about. The volunteer explained that I would be laying down during the blood donation portion to make sure I would be safe and secure in case I s...
Source: Red Cross Chat - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Blood Volunteers Source Type: news