Claire K. • Jacksonville, FL

I am thankful to blood donors because...

I have given blood through the years because it gives me the feeling of helping someone in a very important and personal way. I was shy at first but with encouragement from my co-workers giving blood became simple and easy and even more gratifying as the gallons added up. I would have never thought that I would have needed a blood transfusion myself but I did during a recent operation. I would like to personally thank the donor for being there for me.

0- is a universal donor meaning anyone can receive my blood but I can only receive 0-. Having dealt with my local blood center for many years and witnessing their meticulous screening process I received the transfusion with confidence. I am well and on the road to recovery.

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