Today’s Editorial January 31: Take time to give blood

As we begin the month of February our minds are on Valentine’s Day and we begin considering gifts of chocolates, roses and greeting cards that exude sentiments of love.

It’s a month when we put our hearts out for all to see.

As you make your plans to show the one you love how much you adore him or her, take a minute and consider giving an even better gift to your fellow man.

Consider the gift of life – blood.

Many organisations will sponsor blood drives in February and we encourage you to take part.

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And if you can’t make it to one of the blood drives, the Cayman Islands Blood Bank is always open and ready for business.

Giving blood is easy and the reward is that you’ll feel better about yourself when it’s done.

By giving blood you may be saving the life of a stranger, or, in our small community, the life of someone you know.

Why give blood?

You’ll get free juice and you’ll weigh less – one pint less than when you arrived.

Blood is something most of us can spare, yet there never seems to be enough to go around.

It’s the right thing to do.

And you don’t have to wait until a special month to give blood. Blood can be taken from you every 56 days.

Don’t let the thought of AIDS worry you if you’ve never donated blood before. It is not possible to get AIDS by donating blood in the Cayman Islands. A new needle is used for each donor and discarded afterwards.

No one is too old to give blood and if you’ve recently had the flu or some other illness, check with your doctor to see if you can be a blood donor.

If you’ve got a rare or special type of blood, then all the more reason for you to roll up your sleeve and give. Rare or special blood is almost always in short supply throughout the world.

Giving blood is painless and takes a few minutes out your busy day.

It is time well spent, though, and it could be your donation that determines whether someone in need of blood lives or dies.

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