I began giving blood in 2008 when I would have my vehicle serviced near the blood center. I had given blood before, but now I started giving more consistently. Every time I got an oil change for my car I would give blood and essentially give myself an oil change.
I know that donating saves lives and it is super easy for me to do, but I also believe that donating has many health benefits to the donor. I wish more people were keen to this notion. Although I no longer own that Jeep that would get serviced by the blood center, I continue to donate regularly. I've donated double red cells, whole blood, and even plasma. I will continue to donate as long as I can and hope to one day become a 100 gallon donor... 95 to go!