Yes, You CAN Be A Blood Donor!


I spent the first 33 years of my life believing that I could never be a blood donor. 

Firstly, I hate needles.

Second, I’m a fainter. I have passed out in public places more often than I’d like to admit, including a movie theater (more than once!) at the mere SIGHT of blood. 

And to add insult to injury, I have terrible veins. Like, really terrible. My veins are the type that will haunt a nurse’s dreams. 

For these reasons and more, I just thought that blood donation wasn’t in the cards for me.

Then, I gave birth to a giant baby, had a few surgeries, and realized that my minor discomfort was nothing compared to the ability to save someone else’s life. So I bit the bullet and started donating. As often as I can.

And you know what? It’s actually no big deal!

It takes just a few minutes of my time, and then I’m back to my day armed with some free snacks. Plus, I found a miraculous nurse who I ask for by name (heeeeey Ebony!) who can get my awful veins in one stick every 👏 single 👏 time 👏 (She’s an angel and she deserves a raise.). I can even follow my blood donation’s “journey” to local and regional hospitals through the American Red Cross app! 

If I can do it, anyone can. So go donate if you’re eligible. It takes just a few minutes to help save a life. 

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Kimberly Poovey
Kimberly is a writer, speaker, wife, and new(ish) mom. She directs the teen pregnancy prevention program for Daybreak pregnancy center, and is a founder of Pearls, an organization that serves women in the sex industry and fights human trafficking in the Midlands. She studied English literature at Florida Atlantic University, and though she will always be a Florida girl at heart, she has called Columbia home for the last seven years. She and her husband Braden have been married for a fabulous decade, and they welcomed their first child, Declan Finn, into the world on June 3rd, 2015. She is a contributor for Scary Mommy, the Huffington Post, and The Mighty. You can find her wandering around the great outdoors, drinking far too much coffee at her favorite local shops, and on Facebook.


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