I think donating blood is a very good thing. I have done this exactly once in my life, despite several attempts. I have this fear of needles/blood that really is getting beyond ridiculous. I attempted to give blood at our blood drive last year and passed out from the FINGER STICK test. Really. They had to shout "Wheelchair, Wheelchair" and transport me to a cot that was literally 2 feet away via wheelchair. I kept saying that it would be easier for me to get there without the wheelchair due to the close proximity but that was met with, "This is standard protocol. We HAVE to transport you to the cot via wheelchair."
Then as if that wasn't embarrasing enough, I got a letter in the mail from the blood center a few days later proclaiming, "YOU'RE STILL A HERO", convincing me to try donating again.
Here we are one year later and I got the reminder postcard in the mail. I just called to make my appointment for this Friday morning. Here's hoping all goes well. I am determined to give them my blood!