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Patch's Poll: Does The Idea of Donating Blood Make You Squeamish?

The American Red Cross is looking for donors this month who would be willing to give over a pint of blood for a good cause.

Donating blood is a fairly uncommon practice among most Americans.

According to MayoClinic.org, only five percent of eligible donors across the nation donate blood annually, despite the fact that the number of transfusions in the U.S. increases by nine percent each year.

Right now, the American Red Cross is . The organization is seeking donors and is hosting drives across Connecticut this month.

But, needles can often make people squeamish, which is something the Red Cross acknowledges on its website when discussing the initial fears. The organization conveniently lists a number of potential ways in which you can avoid think about the blood donation part of the process.

Are you the needle-fearing type? Does the idea of donating blood make you squeamish to the point where you just can’t do it? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

sue stacey July 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I'm a blood donor, I'm working on my 8th gallon. Just today my grandaughter asked me(she is 4)why do I give my blood? I said Madeline grandma likes to share. That my friends is what it is all about sharing, so someone else can live.
Jim Braun July 18, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Good for you. We need more. I'm a recent donor and am working on my first gallon. Spread the word.
Teresa Little Smith July 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I commend people who donate blood so that lives may be saved. Having worked in Intensive Care for years, I can attest to the fact that a donor does, in fact, directly save a life. What a great thing that is, and what a lasting legacy a donor leaves: allowing someone the chance to leave the hospital after a major surgery, or a terrible accident, or even after blood counts drop after chemotherapy or cancer treatment. It's a beautiful thing!!!

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