Recently my dad required blood transfusions, which got me thinking about those who made the decision to unselfishly donate the blood that helped him and how I could pay it forward to honor them.

I haven’t donated for several decades and a lot of things have changed since then. Visiting the Red Cross website,, I found that they have an app which makes registering, finding donation sites and dates, scheduling a donation time, answering the pre-donation questions and tracking donations very easy.

As you would expect from the Red Cross, all COVID protocols were followed. There was no waiting; the nurses were great, I made my donation, got my apple juice and water, and was on my way. Safe and easy!

There is always a need for blood donations, so please consider participating in this simple life saving act. Thank you to all who donate, because there was blood available when my dad needed it.