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Today’s GIVE is dedicated to a reader who emailed me this week wit this idea for a GIVE.
She was driving past our local Mall when she spotted a Mobile Canadian Blood Services Unit. Thank you Juli!
Please continue to send me your GIVE inspirations. I am happy to receive any ideas. It has been my intention with 365GIVE that we all do this together,
so keep sending those ideas and write to us about the ones you are doing as well!

GIVE 42: DAY 42

I am so thankful for this GIVE as it should have been on my list before I even started this campaign. I like to refer to it as a “no brainer.” GIVE. Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that there was a mobile Canadian Blood Services Clinic set up at our local Mall. One of my readers Juli, emailed me about it yesterday and I was not able to get there in time. However, she thankfully pursued this GIVE and emailed me first thing this morning to say it would be at the Mall for one more day.

Thanks Juli for your follow up and the GIVE. Keep sending them please!

I have not donated blood in a very long time. I used to donate on a regular basis as I worked on a mall (a life time ago) and they had clinics set up a number of times a year.

Some of you may think I was crazy to bring my toddler Nicolas with me (he actually sat still the whole time!) but he came along for the adventure and to learn a new way to GIVE. I wanted him to see what I was doing, and explain why, as he held my held my hand. Nic’s Grandmother recently had surgery and I wanted him to know how important giving blood is to help people like “GranJan” when they really need it.

I also brought my son to this big GIVE because one of his best friends (also 3) is in the process of under going extensive chemotherapy due to cancer. Nic’s friend needs a blood transfusion almost weekly. Yes, I did say weekly.

Donating blood this way is an anonymous gift from one person to another. You will never know who made the donation but it may have saved your life. Talk about a ripple effect. GIVE blood – save a life. Creating changing the world one drop at a time.

The staff at this mobile unit were all lovely and we would like to thank Amanda for her patience and Motherly understanding as Nicolas sat on my lap and went through this GIVE with me.

I also did a little further research on the benefits of donating. First for your heart for giving so generously and secondly for your body. This article from HealthMad.com is worth a read to discover the health benefits of giving blood.

The Mobile Donor Unit will return to Park Royal on January 4th, 2011. If you don’t live in our area and you are able to donate, please search one out. I am sure a quick Google search will lead you to a donor clinic near you!

Time Commitment: 1 hour

Cost: 0

Impact: Potential Life Saved

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