What if we told you an hour of your time could change someone’s life? It can.

In the time it takes you to read this article, nearly 100 people receive lifesaving transfusions. By taking just an hour or so to donate, you will do something wonderful.

Emily is grateful for every precious moment spent with daughter, Lucy. After Lucy’s birth, Emily started bleeding uncontrollably. She recovered after receiving more than 30 transfusions of red blood cells and platelets. She even met her newborn for the first time while receiving a blood transfusion in the ICU.

“If you haven’t given blood before, I hope you think about what it means to people like me,” Emily said. “It’s one of the easiest, most generous and life-changing things you can do.”

And while much goes in to qualifying a donor to safely give blood, there are many common situations when people assume they can’t give blood, but generally they can qualify. Some of these include taking medications including blood pressure, cholesterol, or anti-depressants, traveling outside the U.S., getting a tattoo or piercing or having a history of cancer. Potential donors are encouraged to call Vitalant to find out if they are eligible to donate blood.

The next opportunity to give is June 18 at the Community Building in Hackensack from 12:30 to 6 p.m., hosted by the Hackensack Legion Auxiliary and Faith in Action. Call (218) 675-5435 to make an appointment or call Vitalant at (877) 25-VITAL for more information.

To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.bloodhero.com the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available at the blood drive or online) and be in good health. Have your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, cholesterol and iron level checked too — it’s a bonus when you donate blood.

So, add a little awe to your day, and to someone’s life, by becoming a blood donor.

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