Many first-time donors come to their donation with a fear of needles, but most find that the donation process is easy and relatively painless. If you want to donate but the fear of needles or blood is holding you back, focus on the lives you may be helping to save by making your donation. By giving a single pint of blood, you may help have as many as three lives. You will feel a slight pinch, and that is over in seconds. But the difference you make may last a lifetime.
If you need to, look away. You do not need to watch the needle or those around you donating. Close your eyes and relax. Feel free to bring a music player with you, read a book, or talk with staff members. The Red Cross wants the donation process to be as comfortable as possible. It is okay to say you are scared or nervous. When you express your willingness to donate despite of your fear, the Red Cross staff and volunteers will take extra care to ease your nerves.
When you do come to donate, bring a friend. Not only will you have the support to donate and overcome your fears, but together you can save lives. Then you have a friend to celebrate with after a successful donation. Below is a list of blood drives in your area. To make an appointment to donate visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Walk-ins are always welcome. The Fralick Donation Center is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and is located in the Red Cross office, 325 E. 4th St. in Jamestown.
Blessed Mary Angela RC Church, noon to 6 p.m.
First United Church Silver Creek, noon to 5 p.m.
Sheridan VFW Post, 2 to 6 p.m.
Nueva Vida Covenant Church Jamestown, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.