Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Recently, I've been pondering my beliefs relative to my actions. There's so many issues I do care about, but getting involved and actually doing something has proven a bit more difficult. Case in point: today is World Blood Donor Day, and I've never donated blood. By the time I turned sixteen, I had lost too much weight and wasn't eligible. In accordance with the Red Cross guidelines, I'm still technically not able.
However, that doesn't mean I can't do anything. As with many issues such as these, raising awareness can be incredibly important. I've heard people ask why there's so many walks for breast cancer and other diseases and illness, stating that simply walking does nothing. But it's not just taking a walk. Along with fund raising, events such as these raise awareness.
Nexcare has created a line of colorful, fun bandages with the word "give" boldly written across. Along with being arguably more stylish than your typical bandage, the message is there. However, there's more to it - Nexcare is in its third year of a collaboration with the American Red Cross and Niki Taylor, a model who suffered a nearly-fatal car accident and has since become an advocate for this cause.
Truth be told, I have wanted to donate blood for years, as I've mentioned, but I never fully realized how important it is. Blood centers typically face shortages at this time of year, and on average, someone in the country needs a blood donation every two seconds. Yet only 8% of people eligible to give blood do.
I've set a goal for myself to become more involved with charities and causes I consider important, such as environmental issues, animal cruelty, and yes, blood donation. Even if I can't donate, such as in this scenario, I can still raise my voice.