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