"I'm afraid of needles." "Lots of people do it, they don't really need me." "I'm just so busy, you know?"
These excuses are commonly given to skip out on giving blood, but when you dig deeper, they seem kind of absurd. Which is greater: your fear of needles, or your will to save a person's life? Will a half hour of discomfort kill you? Statistics say only 5 measly percent of eligible Americans donate blood!
The process of donating blood goes something like this: You will need ID to prove you are 17 or older. If you are 16 or younger, you'll have to wait. You will sign a few forms and read a few pamphlets, and head over to the private booths where you'll get a mini physical and a private health history interview to make sure your blood is as healthy as possible.