I’ve been a blood donor since I was taken to the red Cross Donor Centre by my Mum as a teenager, 20+ years ago. I’m on the bone marrow registry and have also chosen to be a organ donor. It’s not something everyone is comfortable with, but it’s something for everyone to think about and discuss. The Australian Red Cross has a great website that answers any questions you may have. http://www.redcross.org.au/blood-service.aspx

If it’s not for you, there are many other things you can donate. As a family with not a lot of extra cash (like many), we don’t have extra money to donate to charities. To feel like we are “doing something” for our community, the children and I regularly go through their clothing and toys and donate to charities. We also regularly got though their toys, books, CD’s and DVDs and donate to our local Children’s Hospital who are always VERY happy to receive suitable toys, books etc that are in good condition.

Having previously worked with children in a Women’s shelter, this is another place that donations are often gratefully accepted.

Donating – whether it be time, toys, blood or something else – gives you a great feeling. Knowing that your donation has helped someone else, is such a rewarding experience and something I hope my children will continue to do.

Posted by Kymichelle, 27th August 2013

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  • good idea, thanks for reminding me. I’m on the pay it forward page


  • I offered our Childrens Hospital really good clothing (in fact some was new) that my kids had grown out of as I know that sometimes children are rushed to hospital from an entirely different climate. I know of one child who was rushed to Adelaide from Darwin in the middle of Winter, the Mum had very little funds with her (she basically ran out the door with her purse – no cards), had no idea where the shops or op shops were and was suddenly told her toddler was being discharged the next morning. She was lucky somebody who had a child in the same ward gave her a couple of jumpers and long pants. When I was young I went to Outpatients of a Childrens Hospital for physio. The Physiotherapist and her husband who was a Dr. there too used to take one child home with them some weekends and had to have clothing for her. The child had a hereditary condition that need constant treatment and the parents lived in the outback on a farm and couldn’t get down too often to take her out for any length of time. They had other children, one of whom had a similar condition but was able to be treated by Drs. who went to the area monthly. Mum gave the staff some clothes (in good condition) that I had grown out of, and they provided what had to be specially made. Apparently the parents didn’t realise or didn’t have the resources to contribute as much as they cost.


  • yes we should all try to give back to the community. i did a vinnies drop today. got space back in my house and helped people while they are down.


  • What great story, so true


  • I always donate my household goods to the salvos.


  • Wonderful post and what an inspiration you and your family are.


  • Every time I go to donste blood, its within the period of getting a tattoo, or pregnancy :-(


  • I think this is such a great post, I plan on donating my organs and believe it to be really important. Unfortunately I am unable to donate blood currently due to tattoos..


  • That is so good to hear thank you Bernvella . I have friends who would not be here without blood transfusions, so it is something very close to my heart. xx


  • What an amazingly generous family you are…in so many ways :-D


  • Thankyou for donating blood. I require a blood transfusion every 4 weeks, after 2 stem cell transplants wiped out my immune system and will need this for the rest of my life. Without the kindness of people such as yourself, my children would be left without a mum!! So thankyou from the bottom of my heart xo


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