It was a simple and pretty painless process:
- Fill out a form that helps determine your level of risk for blood-borne disease.
- Get your blood pressure, temp and hemoglobin levels checked.
- Lie down and get one needle-poke in the arm (seriously, it hurt way less than I thought it would).
- Relax for 7-11 minutes (on average).
- Eat cookies.
One pint, three potential recipients, and free cookies? I'm there.
Added bonus: at the Tweet 'n Greet blood drive, we got to meet some Twitter buddies face-to-face. It was great to see @RIBloodCenter, @NEMultimedia and @NewEnglandHD again, plus finally meeting @pa_diddle, @astonish_alicia and @InsuranceMHQ.
New England Multimedia was there not only to donate, but to record this video:
Props to the Rhode Island Blood Center and Johnson & Wales for a great venue, too. The catered event was held inside the Culinary Museum (a place I'd been meaning to go), so we were able to chat over hors d'oeuvres and lemonade.
Proof that giving blood isn't just doing good. It can also be fun!
I'll see you at a drive in eight weeks.