This afternoon I gave blood at the American Red Cross bloodmobile at the New Albany Farmer’s Market. It was one of eight different mobile units that were out for blood in the central Ohio area today.
It’s the first time I’ve donated at a bloodmobile, as opposed to the set-up when the Red Cross comes to visit our law firm — and the whole time the voice in my head was saying, in its best Adam-West-as-Batman tones: “To the bloodmobile!”
The principal difference between the bloodmobile and the standard set-up is the number of machines that are available. Other than that, the process was the same. There are four comfortable padded couches — two to a side — on which donors can recline while doing their civic duty, and the staff was friendly and professional. All told, it took me about 40 minutes to verify my identity, answer the health questions, give blood, and then grab a water bottle and snack and head out the door to buy some cheese, preserves, and apple butter at the Farmer’s Market.
There’s always a need for blood., and giving is a good way to help your community and people in need. If you’re at a place where the bloodmobile is visiting and you’ve got a few minutes to spare, your donation would be much appreciated!