When I saw this picture of Karen Parrish Rapport on her FaceBook page, she looked so gorgeous that I asked her permission to repost it on this blog. Karen had just finished giving blood and had bandages on BOTH arms, because she donated platelets.
Why give blood? I got this information from the American Red Cross website:
You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason.
• Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
• Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
• Some believe it is the right thing we do.
Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.
Those of you who have followed Karen’s FaceBook page know that she and her family have endured many challenges and heartaches this past summer, with the illness of their daughter and the loss of a grandchild. Karen’s husband, Chick, wrote “We have been brought to the edge of life and death more than once with family we dearly love.” They are most grateful for all the love and prayers that have been extended to them.
Please consider giving blood. You never know when you or a friend or relative might need it.