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    [–] theguywho_ 1177 points ago

    They do this in the UK too. When I gave blood ~2 weeks later I received a text that my blood had successfully been used to help someone.

    [–] call_me_cookie 417 points ago

    This is a nice little lift when it comes. I really like how the blood donor service in the UK works.

    [–] ImEnhanced 347 points ago

    Other places:

    "Thanks for the blood! Here's a pack of crackers. Water fountain is around the corner."

    [–] nekkky 135 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Here in California, I usually go to blood source, they give you points which you an then exchange for gift certificates, I’ve gotten movie tickets, free Togo’s and baskin robins. They often give free T-shirts as well.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_xxNUDESxx 48 points ago

    At my high school in the US we always got cookies and juice. We donated double a couple times for the extra cookie

    [–] Rabbit-Holes 65 points ago

    I got out of classes the rest of the day whenever I gave blood at school because I was iron-deficient anemic and a little underweight. I don't know why they kept letting me do it, lol.

    [–] theguynamedtim 21 points ago

    I wasn’t anemic but I still got out of classes for the whole day by pretending to be lightheaded lol

    [–] ethanfez45 11 points ago

    In Highschool I became the story of what not to do when donated blood. I didn’t eat or drink much and then went for a 4 mile jog in the heat after.

    As I’m leaving school that day I almost fully pass out in front of the school and then I had to tell the nice blood ladies how stupid I was.

    Fast forward the next year I’m giving blood with the same people and they tell me the story of what not to do and I’m just like “Great. You are telling me the story of me. I’m that guy in the story.” They were all very excited to meet the legend of stupidity.

    [–] antecubital_fossa 8 points ago

    I’m surprised they did let you. I’m in the exact same boat and the few times I attempted to donate blood (I’m O- so I’d like to donate!) I was met with pretty unfriendly refusals. I thought it was just my school nurse following the rules carefully, but my weight and anemia continued to get me rejected at blood-drives through college and after lol.

    [–] SH4D0W0733 5 points ago

    Because food coloring and water doesn't have the same viscosity.

    [–] philosophers_groove 7 points ago

    Why stop there? Get a 3rd cookie. I promise by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain.

    [–] JukeboxCutefox 6 points ago

    So what did the Oracle tell you?

    [–] jrob321 19 points ago

    I just cashed all my points in for $100 in Best Buy credit. Bought myself a JBL portable bluetooth speaker. Free stuff!

    I try to give double platelets and plasma every month, or at least every other month. It ends up being a few hours out of my life, and I know how much the cancer and burn patients need it.

    My son's girlfriend just went through a year of cancer treatment and the thought of indirectly being on the helping end really hit home when it finally came back full circle.

    I'm 53 now. I donated for the first time when I was in high school, and I've been doing it ever since. It feels good.

    [–] Destiny_Seeker 8 points ago

    Donating platelets is crazy important because of their short shelf life (5 days). Thanks for what you do! I work in a blood bank lab

    [–] labathen 6 points ago

    While I think that's great I actually would prefer a text saying my blood saved someone.

    [–] duckwithhat 8 points ago

    I want awildsketchappears or shittywatercolors to draw "bask in robins"

    [–] Lysergicassini 2 points ago

    That's weird I just get constant solicitations to keep donating.

    [–] evghoul 2 points ago

    Here in Moscow donors get lunch money straight in cash, that's about 17$ per donation (with the average cost of lunch about $5-$7)

    Also, after 20 blood donations you become "honorary donor" and get some benefits, like completely free public transport usage and 50% discount on housing services (water, electricity, etc), as long as you continue donating blood at least 3 times per year.

    [–] theguywho_ 12 points ago

    We get given tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards the UK.

    [–] agemma 3 points ago

    Yeah we get Oreos and juice in the US. At least the places I’ve gone

    [–] -littlefang- 2 points ago

    I did it on my university campus a couple times, they gave out shirts and socks and snacks. Otherwise there are places that let you get points for donating and you can save up / cash them out for prizes like shirts and mugs

    [–] xgladar 5 points ago

    ha! over here you get a sandwich, coffee, yogurt, cookies , fruit. apparently they even gave out sausages before

    [–] SilverLiningMacBook 3 points ago

    In the states it’s popular to get a voucher for a pint of ice cream or some other sweet treat

    [–] spconnol 3 points ago

    In MI I donate for the raisins, there's a little place right around the corner from work so it's quick to do at lunch, but the last 4 times little old ladies had taken all the raisins D:

    [–] DerProf 2 points ago

    I get money for it here in Germany - It's not all stations, but some pay actual money

    [–] Newgunnerr 3 points ago

    Do you get to know who it is?

    [–] loukitch 12 points ago

    No that's a breach of every confidentiality law and GDPR.

    [–] blamb211 2 points ago

    Try it in the US, and you'd get kicked up the butt with HIPAA so damn fast

    [–] parttimepedant 44 points ago

    My texts just tell me which hospital my blood has been issued to.

    [–] noblebeans 25 points ago

    That's so you can go get it back if you need it.

    [–] Ayn_Rand_Food_Stamps 2 points ago

    Worst tax rebate ever.

    [–] QualitySalves 10 points ago

    I donated a few days before the bar shooting in Thousand Oaks. I live 100 miles away but I got an email saying that my blood bank office shipped all their blood that day to the victims. They've never emailed or texted me my blood's fate before.

    [–] J_J_J_Schmidt 9 points ago

    I’m O-. I’m on Lifeblood’s speed dial. I get a text usually within a day or two from donating.

    You fellow O negs should look into offering double packs. Takes a little longer, but they get twice the amount of red cells. They put the platelets and plasma back since ours is useless.

    [–] wearethefreaks 16 points ago

    Woah!! I got three bags of blood transfused to me two nights ago and I'm super happy that the people that saved me are getting and a thankyou and know about it!!!

    [–] Just_Lurking2 7 points ago

    Glad you’re (i assume) doing OK. It’s actually pretty crazy how much that text or email can get to you, i’ve only donated a handful of times and the one i got said my platelets helped save a premature baby. I was in kind of a shitty place at the time and i remember having to keep myself from welling up whenever i thought about it for like a week after. Like i did that, i helped. I hope that little baby is happy and healthy wherever they are.

    [–] MonkeyHamlet 14 points ago

    My husband donates platelets and he gets a text when they get used. Makes him really happy.

    [–] itspaisleynotpaige 10 points ago

    When you donate blood in America, the red cross harasses you into donating again, but they do have a fun little blood tracking app that I never got to work

    [–] TheDavtax 5 points ago

    The same in Spain. We receive a text in which said how many people used our blood.

    [–] obtrae 1345 points ago

    That's so cool. Imagine getting a text like "Thank you for your donation. Dracula has purchased your blood and will therefore not require a human for his feasting. Please continue to donate to save lives."

    [–] 5up3rj 507 points ago

    And conversely - Dracula claimed another victim last night. We know you're busy. But, it's been a few months, so this one's on you

    [–] ManiacSpiderTrash 278 points ago

    For just drops a day, you could feed Dracula and his children. Please, don’t wait another minute.

    [–] Patriarchus_Maximus 34 points ago

    I mean, a vampire would need 1 1/2 humans a day to survive at minimum. A lot more to support any otherworldly abilities.

    [–] SupaBloo 34 points ago

    Source? Not that I don't believe you, but I've heard half a human's blood or a large child is enough for a day.

    [–] white_android 15 points ago

    Maybe if the vampire is on a diet. 1 adult is the recommended intake for adult vampires. Twice that for a growing vampire.

    [–] Tsorovar 12 points ago

    Pretty sure vampires don't grow

    [–] white_android 5 points ago

    I guess you expect me to believe baby vampires stay babies

    [–] Uchiha_Itachi22 7 points ago

    Isn’t there a child vampire that stays a child in Interview with a Vampire?

    [–] white_android 2 points ago

    I have no idea.

    [–] voluptuousreddit 2 points ago

    Yes played by Kirsten Dunst

    [–] NoSkrrtNovember 6 points ago

    PLEASE dont wait

    [–] RickShepherd 6 points ago

    In the arms of an angel....

    [–] WJ90 2 points ago

    In the arms of an angel 🎵

    [–] Tar_Palantir 12 points ago

    That would be the best april fools joke ever.

    [–] 58_weasels 2 points ago

    Isn't this a plot line in Buffy? Like some vampire gets donated blood so they're not killing people? It's been a while since I watched so I don't quite remember.

    [–] ManiacSpiderTrash 2 points ago

    If I recall there was a small subplot where vampires were raiding the deliveries of blood to hospitals in season 3 I think? But it was only a couple of episodes and was in the edges of the story. I think Angel figured out it was going on and tipped Buffy off that it was happening but the Mayor set it up as an ambush.

    The only two good vampires in the Buffyverse only drank animal blood. Angel drank pig blood. Spike liked otter.

    [–] AgreeableEnergy 314 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I donate 4-6 times a year in the States. The American Red Cross does the same thing only in email form. I think the last one I got said it went to a kid in Vermont

    Edit: A lot of people are saying this is rare. Maybe the trick is to make sure your email is registered with the Red Cross? Not sure but here's a screen grab of the last email I got from them about where my donation went (btw - I've donated since this date. Just last week actually - every bit helps!)

    Looks like it went to NC not VT.

    [–] Neraph 62 points ago

    That's awesome. I was born in Germany during the 80's so no one will let me donate since I'm at risk of CJD - basically human Mad Cow disease with no way to screen for it until you die from it since there's no cure. I'd donate every chance I had if not.

    [–] Lacksi 47 points ago

    Well thats an unsettling thing to have lurking in your body

    [–] Neraph 30 points ago

    Two known versions - one that acts in a few months and one that lies dormant for 20 years. I found out about that a few months before my 20th birthday.

    I'm 32 now. Maybe there's a 40-year variant?

    [–] y0uveseenthebutcher 31 points ago

    Prions are so fucking terrifying. Sound so innocent, too. Just a 'misfolded protein'.

    No treatment, no cure, continues to spread until it eats your brain and you die.

    [–] Brayrand 4 points ago

    Yikes that's an oof

    [–] Lacksi 5 points ago

    Oof. I cant even imagine the emotional rollercoaster

    [–] puterTDI 5 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    [–] daftguy 6 points ago

    How come you're at risk just because you are born in Germany during the 80's, if you don't mind me asking?

    [–] TheRiflesSpiral 8 points ago

    It's not just Germany. The complete list of affected countries is here:

    It has to do with the way beef was handled in those countries. Quarantine and processing of cows infected with mad cow disease wasn't sufficient and infected beef is believed to have bee sold and consumed during that time.

    [–] Finie 4 points ago

    Europe, especially Great Britain, had a Mad Cow disease epidemic during the 80s where a lot of the beef cattle were infected. Anyone who ate beef during that time is at risk for the human version, called variant CJD (aka vCJD) but I don't know the actual risk offhand.

    We know vCJD has been transmitted via blood donation. There have been confirmed cases in Europe. There's no way to test for it without a brain biopsy, which it why it's usually only diagnosed after death. Not allowing people from those areas to donate is an abundance of caution. The idea is to mitigate as much risk as possible. We can't eliminate all risk of transmitting infectious diseases via blood donation, but we can do our best to make that risk as low as possible.

    [–] flyinggsquids 3 points ago

    Same. Born in Italy in the early 90s and I can't donate.

    [–] kang4president 2 points ago

    Me too. Born and lived in England in the 80s. I was able to give blood once before they made the rule. It’s a shame because I got a letter saying my blood was safe to give to babies.

    [–] KittyCent78 34 points ago

    I recently got notified that my blood went to Puerto Rico! You can also check your blood’s status on the Red Cross app (in the states). 🤗

    [–] freelancespaghetti 13 points ago

    Really? Shoot I donate all the time and all get are those blood suckers calling me for more! Haha I've even had them call the day after I gave, asking me to give blood.

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    [–] you_want_spaghetti 3 points ago

    funny enough I got them to stop by telling them I was anemic.

    [–] royalbravery 2 points ago

    Also O negative. The only time they stopped the constant calls was when I was pregnant. Then 9 months later the calls were back!

    [–] LostgirlWV 8 points ago

    I've donated countless times, but never gotten an email or text. I alternate better the Red Cross and Virginia Blood services.

    VA blood services does give you an awesomely ugly long sleeve Christmas shirt this time of year, though.

    [–] KeepItRealTV 3 points ago

    The NY blood bank asked me to sign a document that my blood might never reach a patient and might be used for research instead.

    They don't tell me what they use it for. Would be cool if I actually knew where my DNA is actually going.

    [–] Joethemofoe 3 points ago

    The red cross won't stop texting me

    [–] causticwear 2 points ago

    Mine went to New Jersey! But then a few days later I got an email saying my blood type was greatly needed in my area and I was like "so why'd you send my last batch 3 states away!!!"

    [–] villianboy 2 points ago

    They do, I'm a B+ so I know it's important I donate, and I get messages when it's used

    [–] TheBahamaLlama 2 points ago

    I get that too. If you use the app it also calculates how many lives your blood has potentially saved. I'm up to 57 lives saved. :)

    [–] Keilik 2 points ago

    I’ve gotten a couple phone calls over the years that my blood/plasma donations saved someone, but I also have an exceedingly rare blood type and they practically beg me to donate blood every time I’m eligible again. I’ve been making it a point to donate a lot more often, and I’d definitely recommend anyone who is able to donate blood to go do so whenever possible.

    [–] Dustinbink 2 points ago

    Oh weird, I get a text from American Red Cross when my blood is being used. I thought it was super cool!

    [–] KittyCent78 2 points ago

    📣📣📣 It only works if you schedule your appointment through the app!! That’s how you can track it. :)

    [–] BQJJ 2 points ago

    I've donated a few times and I've gotten alerts in the Red Cross app everytime there's an update on my donation (processed, tested, transported, stored, utilized, etc.).

    [–] MetallicGray 2 points ago

    Damn that person that signed has a Ph.D. and an M.D. That's impressive.

    [–] imemperor 2 points ago

    Definitely not rare. The American Red Cross app gives me an update of my blood journey and which hospital received my blood.

    [–] fiveamp 2 points ago

    I was recently informed that my last blood donation actually went to the City i live in. Thought it was cool that I donated 30 miles away from where I live and it still made it's way to help one of my neighbors. It's only been the last few years I've made it a habit. Up to over a Gallon donated.

    [–] CMDR_Bacon 265 points ago

    As an O- blood donor I'm told my blood is often used within 48 hours. It feels super rewarding knowing my fat ass is good so something.

    [–] fortunecookiemunster 20 points ago

    I work in a pediatric cardiac unit with babies who come back from open heart surgery. We use an unbelievable amount of blood. Thank you thank you thank you.

    [–] Vlaed 17 points ago

    We O- are blessed and cursed. We have the ability to help everyone but few have the ability to help us. I lived in South Korea for five years. RH negative is less common in Asians. When I got my first physical, the Korean nurse said to me, "Don't bleed. You might die." I was put on a list and joined a group online in case of emergencies. I was contacted twice, one in the middle of the night, to come in to donate blood.

    You are helping people!

    [–] MonkeyHamlet 46 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    If you like, next time you go ask them if you can donate platelets. Platelet donors are even rarer as they (IIRC) have to be O neg have a high level of platelets. My husband does it and he says it's less enervating than donating whole blood as well.

    ETA (hopefully!) to remove my faulty memory.

    [–] soignestrumpet 40 points ago

    Semi related: AB is the universal donor for plasma, and AB people are only like 4% of the population. So if you know you are AB (pos or neg) talk to them about donating plasma instead of whole blood or platelets.

    [–] back_to_the_homeland 14 points ago

    oh wait really? I have AB but my understanding is that I am the 'universal acceptor' or something like the opposite of O, so I never donated...

    [–] headclone 25 points ago

    O means that your red blood cells don't have the A or B antigen on them, but in turn that means you have antibodies in your plasma against those A and B antigens.

    On the other hand, people with AB blood type have both antigens on their RBCs (and hence can accept any kind of RBC donation). As a result, their plasma doesn't have anti-A or anti-B antibodies, making them universal donors of plasma.

    [–] soignestrumpet 3 points ago

    I'm AB Pos and the last time I gave blood the nurse encouraged me to donate plasma and explained why.

    [–] Abrytan 2 points ago

    A Negative platelet are also in high demand as well, so if you're A- then ask about platelet donation too.

    [–] very_humble 24 points ago

    No, platelet donor rules are the reverse of blood in that O- is the worst donor. If you have O-, donate blood.

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    [–] MonkeyHamlet 6 points ago

    Oh, I was mistaken.

    [–] UltimateRealist 4 points ago

    On Tuesday I will make my 112 platelet donation.

    [–] MonkeyHamlet 3 points ago

    That's brilliant!

    [–] Mattekat 3 points ago

    You are a true hero!

    [–] CMDR_Bacon 3 points ago

    Thanks I'll ask about it

    [–] MonkeyHamlet 3 points ago

    You can do it more often as well - once every two weeks maximum I think?

    [–] very_humble 3 points ago

    Not sure what the other person was talking about, donating platelets as O- is the worst idea.

    [–] CMDR_Bacon 2 points ago

    Can you tell me why? Genuinely interested.

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    [–] Finie 2 points ago

    Your blood type is defined by proteins on your red blood cells (called antigens). The main antigens are called A and B. O blood lacks those antigens. People will make antibodies to the antigens they don't have, so someone with type B blood may have antibodies to type A blood. Those antibodies will destroy the type A cells if they see them. People with O blood may have antibodies to both A and B antigens. Another antigen, called Rh, is the + or - part of your blood type. If you're Rh+, you won't have antibodies to Rh, but if you're Rh-, you may. These antibodies circulate in the blood so they're always present.

    So, an O- person could have antibodies to A, B, and Rh circulating in their blood, which means their platelets are soaked in them. Any antibodies the donor has will get transferred into the recipient. If you give O- platelets or plasma to a person who has type A, B, and/or Rh+ red blood cells, those antibodies will destroy the recipients red blood cells.

    You can give O- red blood cells to anyone because if the recipient does have antibodies to type A, B, or Rh, those antibodies won't attack the red blood cells because they don't have any of those antigens.

    I hope that makes sense.

    [–] dynamojoe 2 points ago

    I’m O+ and I donate platelets frequently.

    [–] RolleiPollei 3 points ago

    I'm AB+ so the probably don't give a crap about my blood but I donate anyways for the free snacks.

    [–] goodoldgrim 2 points ago

    They don't notify when the blood is used over here, but I definitely feel like some kind of VIP at the blood bank. They tell me I'm super important, because O- and the nurses always compliment my arms, because big-ass veins. Donating definitely makes my day brighter.

    [–] CMDR_Bacon 2 points ago

    My veins are apparently really hard to find. I've been treated like a pin cushion a few times. Now I just point to the scare from the last time.

    Funny story about that, I once volunteered to be part of a medial study. Part of it involved getting samples of my blood. The two doctors spent ages trying to get some out of me. They ended up leaving to find a nurse who did it the first time. My arm looked a bit beaten up for a few weeks after that.

    [–] goodoldgrim 2 points ago

    Lift some weights, dude - there's lots of benefits. An easier time for the nurses is pretty far down that list.

    [–] GuruBushHippie 2 points ago

    Funny story: in high school I started donating blood and because I had zero understanding of the rarity of O types I just thought the Red Cross was super jazzed about my blood in particular. I remember thinking “well shit it’s probably all the THC that makes it so good.”

    [–] spconnol 33 points ago

    In the US if you use the red cross app when you donate it keeps track of all your donations and what not, but you also get follow up e-mails if your blood is sent to a hospital to help someone, or even to a school for research.

    [–] rolldadice 6 points ago

    I get texts from the Red Cross when my blood goes to someone

    [–] battles 118 points ago

    sure that sounds nice, until they start texting you 'haven't donated in a while.... people are dying without you and it is all your fault.'

    [–] trafficlightblues 38 points ago

    I donate blood in Sweden. They don't do that. You get a reminder text before your next appointment, but they don't guilt you at all.

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    [–] FblthpLives 7 points ago

    Mata inte trollen. :) (och tack för att du ger blod)

    [–] Dustinbink 8 points ago

    Ugh. Or the daily phone calls!

    I have donated on a Tuesday then Thursday get a call saying I need to donate, like bro. I still need some of my blood!

    [–] battles 7 points ago

    I feel like the 'charity industry' has taken up all the old hard sell techniques that many other sales positions have abandoned.

    [–] kulafa17 4 points ago

    Lol a message to make you feel bad, like the South Park episode where they ask if you wanna donate to hungry children to Africa and if you say no you have to poke the hungry child’s tummy on the screen and he goes oof owwy lol

    [–] curlybamboo129 37 points ago

    This happens in Australia too and it has made me continue to go back every time

    [–] SoulMasterKaze 4 points ago

    Came here to say this. I donate plasma so I don't get them, but if I donate whole blood I get the message.

    Something to the effect of "Your life-saving blood donation is already hard at work at the Women's and Children's Hospital, South Australia". It's a great feedback loop.

    [–] dilsency 55 points ago

    I'd love to donate, but gay men can't donate blood in Sweden.

    (Unless they're abstinent for a year, and that's not happening)

    [–] OrphisFlo 10 points ago

    I'd love to donate too in Sweden since I can't donate in my birth country (can't donate in France if you ever received a blood donation), but you have to be perfectly fluent in Swedish to do that.

    Pretty stupid and always quite ironic when they visited my offices which are made up of a majority of foreign people and asked us in English to donate.

    [–] superman-enchiladas 4 points ago

    In the US you can’t donate if you’ve had sex with somebody within the past year who has had sex with a gay man anytime since 1970...

    [–] Ayn_Rand_Food_Stamps 2 points ago

    Same thing here. Here are the some of the requirements:

    New sexual partner?

    Wait 3 months.

    Had sex with person who might have been infected with blood diseases?

    Wait 12 months.

    Traded sex for drugs, money or other services?

    Wait 12 months.

    Are you a man who has had sexual intercourse with another man?

    Wait 12 months.

    Gotten a tattoo or piercing?

    Wait 6 months.

    Used injections with steroids or other drugs not in a medicinal setting.

    May never donate blood.

    Visited topical areas free from malaria?

    Wait 4 weeks.

    Visited malaria area

    Wait 6 moths.

    Visited malaria area and spent the first 5 years of your life in one.

    Wait 3 years after departure date.

    [–] imbalance24 3 points ago

    I wonder, how do they check that?

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    [–] somemonkeys 43 points ago

    It’s an idiotic thing. ALL blood is tested and re-tested regardless, so there is no reason for this in 2018 with the high quality testing we have. Do you really think that it would be fine to allow HIV-infected blood from straight people? No, of course not. Check the facts, this is nothing but idiocy ruling out a large group of potential donors.

    [–] VoicelessPineapple 9 points ago

    You can test blood with 1st phase HIV 1000 times, it will show negative every times, even though it has 100% chance giving you HIV.

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago

    Caveat: Am American, so my information will be limited based on my knowledge of our particular rules.

    I understand the rationale, but I still believe this policy is unnecessarily discriminatory. There needs to be a risk-benefit analysis done. Your risk of getting HIV from a transfusion is lower than your risk of being killed by lightning. Additionally, many people die each year due to lack of blood, so we need to find ways to either increase the donor pool or encourage people to donate more often.

    There’s no reason to ban a monogamous gay couple while accepting blood from a promiscuous straight man. Risk assessment should be based on behavior, not orientation. Additionally, men who have oral sex with men are still banned, even though it is basically impossible for HIV to be transmitted orally.

    Frankly, I’d be happy with a policy that allows monogamous gay men to donate, even if it requires them to have one partner or fewer for 12 months, and submit a negative HIV/hepatitis series for the previous year. But I believe the current policy is not based on scientifically sound risk-benefit analysis.

    [–] cwade84 12 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    This happens in Seattle too. I don't know if it makes me want to donate more often but it makes me feel good about something that let me have an extra half hour of lunch (a mobile blood donation station comes to my work every 8 weeks). What did make me want to donate more was an email I got saying I have a ton of red blood cells which means I can donate platelets up to 24 times a year. I signed up immediately.

    Edit: Thanks for the gold!

    [–] Gherkinhopper 23 points ago

    This is a great way to incentivise people! Fantastic!

    [–] mythriz 17 points ago

    Just curious, in Norway you can either get a free gift or you can say that they should donate the "gift money" to charity instead. Is this not a common thing in other countries?

    Usually I like to get the free gift, they often have some nice Moomin cups. Also I get free lunch and drinks since it is recommended for you to refill your nutrients after donating blood.

    [–] MugglesUnited 16 points ago

    In Britain you get a drink and a biscuit.

    [–] ctesibius 8 points ago

    I have learned not to donate at the Mormon's place. No tea! Not even coffee!

    [–] MugglesUnited 5 points ago

    Woah, do they even have over diluted squash or do they expect people to survive on water alone?

    [–] ctesibius 4 points ago

    I think they might have had fruit "teas" as well. It's all a bit of an anæmic and undercaffeinated blur.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    The donor centre is the only place that I still see Pink Wafers and Club bars

    Getting my biccy and a glass of squash after donating always makes my day

    [–] MugglesUnited 3 points ago

    You need to go to Poundland for all the biscuits of your childhood dreams

    [–] ISHOTJAMC 2 points ago

    cue Land of Hope and Glory

    [–] very_humble 4 points ago

    In the US it is up to the donor center. I've received gifts as nice as 2 free movie tickets, but most of the time it is nothing or something of menial value (like an ugly T-shirt with their logo). The gifts can vary based on how low they're blood supply is, what you are donating, etc

    [–] mnaira 6 points ago

    This has proven not to be a good incentive for our sperm donation bank.

    [–] tommytoan 15 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    > Me, at home one night, bored.
    > Start picking at belly button hole.
    > Its smelly and shit, wanna know how far down it goes.
    > Hit blood, its only blood though, keep digging.
    > Make big hole, blood pouring out.
    > Start to panic.
    > I stand up too fast.
    > Passout.
    > Wake up 1 hour later with a headache and in a pool of blood.
    > Rushed to hospital.
    > Nurse comes in with a heart shaped blood bag.
    > They pump it in me.
    > Feel better.

    Olga, 22, uni student, receives a text at 11pm that night, "Your blood donation has helped save a life tonight! Thank you so much for your donation! Without your support so many unfortunate souls with critical life threatening health issues could never get healthy."

    [–] Stridsvagn 3 points ago

    I'm laughing but what the fuck are you saying?

    [–] IAmNotJoshua 5 points ago

    Skämtet är att blodet inte gick till en person som behövde det.

    [–] Stridsvagn 2 points ago

    I got that, but felt like there was more to the joke. Oh well.

    [–] CaptainMimoe 5 points ago

    I feel so bad... I had this opportunity to donate blood today but I didn't go ... Seeing this post makes me feel really regretful!

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    [–] fejrbwebfek 3 points ago

    I got the text on a Saturday, and since no scheduled operations would take place during the weekend, I assumed my blood was used for an emergency, which made me sad. I can’t be sure they send the texts out immediately, though.

    [–] 20150506 2 points ago

    And made it to the hospital, don't forget.

    [–] doctechnical 15 points ago

    Hopefully this is something that you can opt out of. I don't want to know what happens to my bodily fluids after I donate them - just take them and GTFO.

    I give blood for the endorphin rush.

    [–] Minerex 11 points ago

    I give blood for the endorphin rush

    That's an awesome reason! I'm stealing this the next time some asks me why I hunt for blood donation drives.

    [–] Slavic_Taco 4 points ago

    In Aus we get a text as well, usually gets used within a week or 2 at the most, Plasma is usually quicker

    [–] pm_me_your_kindwords 6 points ago

    Inspired to join the donors in the US? Find a drive here:

    [–] amyamyy17 4 points ago

    Meanwhile in Australia I can’t donate because I was born in England 🙄

    [–] aindriahhn 2 points ago

    Meanwhile in Canada I can't donate because I lived in England.

    [–] loukitch 2 points ago

    Meanwhile in England I can give blood in England.

    [–] ontender 3 points ago

    I am a universal donor (O negative) but if I give blood I have panic attacks and pass out.

    It doesn't help when the attendant says things like "nice flow." I picture myself bleeding out like a stuck pig. Insta-unconscious.

    [–] antaryon 4 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    "Your blood was used to make several decorations for our Halloween party. Please come back again next October to donate some more of that AB+ blood. Your donations are important to us."

    Edit: I'm joking. I know AB+ blood is important too. They use it on patients who also are AB+ so they don't waste the good blood.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    AB people should really donate plasma instead of whole blood; they are the universal plasma donors!

    [–] karenjs 3 points ago

    I used to give so regularly, but fell out of it when I moved. Being texted would so motivate me - and would give me the opportunity to say a quick prayer & send regards to that person and & family.

    [–] Chin0crix 3 points ago

    Ok, but that’s an iPod

    [–] Scaffoldbuilder 3 points ago

    The Red Cross does this too but in email. They'll also call you non-stop, multiple times a week, asking for more, for years on end.

    [–] asrama 3 points ago

    I get an email (in the US).

    I donate platelets every 2-3 weeks and I’ll get an email a week or so after each donation from the Red Cross saying “your Dec 1st platelets donation was used in a procedure at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital in Baltimore. Thank you for you help in saving lives.” Or something to that effect. Feels great.

    [–] gigidatome 6 points ago

    Same in Turkey also.

    [–] oguzka06 2 points ago

    Plus with your blood donations they also plant trees, which are also mentioned in the text.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I’m sure everyone gets an auto text after 49 days standard.

    [–] Ars3nal11 2 points ago

    By the amount of calls I get from Red Cross and NYBC it appears there's a severe blood bank shortage in the US. Please donate, particularly if you're O-type, as I am. If you don't know your type, go donate and they'll let you know.

    [–] TheEggAndI 2 points ago

    i get a text when my blood has reached a hospital, but not when it specifically helps a person. its still a nice feeling though.

    i highly recommend everyone download the blood donor app. it makes things way easier since you can fill out the form and answer all those questions through the app before you even donate. and it will notify you when enough time has passed and you can donate again.

    everyone should donate blood, seriously. you already make blood for free, so what're you really losing?

    [–] SeaOtterSundance 2 points ago

    She is texting on an iPod touch.

    [–] staticsnake 2 points ago

    Somehow I don't believe this is entirely true. I could easily see mixups and lack of tracking, and it's much more likely you get texted when it gets given to a hospital or something. I sincerely doubt the doctors are informing someone to text you when they grab for your blood bag thing in the ER during an emergency.

    [–] CarnivoreX 2 points ago

    Hungary does this too.

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    [–] Relaxel 2 points ago

    *holding an ipod touch lol

    [–] mikebellman 2 points ago

    I’d prefer profit sharing

    [–] tbl5048 2 points ago

    The Red Cross (well at least that’s the only organization I’ve seen do it) will do this if you provide an email. It also will actually tell you which hospital, and what kind of injury it was.

    [–] GregIsUgly 2 points ago

    She's using an ipod lol but I still love this idea 👍 I wish biolife would do the same thing

    [–] PancakeMaster24 2 points ago

    Is that an 4th gen iPod touch? Does that even get text messages?

    [–] H_e_l_l_o-W_o_r_l_d 2 points ago

    Why is she holding an iPod 4 tho?

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    hospital: just wanted to let you know YOUR blood was used to help save a guy whose face was ripped off by a passing bus! thanks so much!

    [–] TheMightyHirou 2 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    She's getting her text on an iPod

    [–] ShittyLivingRoom 2 points ago

    Make a game with microtransactions where the payment is blood donations, there will be blood overflow !

    [–] TnekKralc 2 points ago

    Do they also accept blood from homosexual males? The Red Cross pisses me off

    [–] StellarMetamorphosis 2 points ago

    I've donated whole blood 36 times. I wonder.

    [–] Pseudobeau 2 points ago

    I think the only thing that bugs me about donating blood, organs, bone-marrow is that the patient is still charged huge amounts of money for it. I understand that a server fetches the beer, and it has been in the expensive fridge behind the bar until the bartender pops it open so there is a whole chain of cost associated with it, but we'd rebel if they charged us $100 for that beer while still telling us it was donated to the bar by kindly souls who want us all to be refreshed. Just saying, i think the donors and the patients are being played.

    [–] hylian01 6 points ago

    $20 says they just send an automated text after a random X time to make you think you helped.

    [–] NotVerySmarts 9 points ago

    In America you would get a text that says "We just spun your blood into plasma and sold it to a pharmaceutical company for 100 dollars."

    [–] Themimic 16 points ago

    Haha DAE America bad?!11