Today I made my 46th blood donation. Maybe 48th, could be 50th. The number is a little fuzzy because I've forgotten how many donations I made while I was back home in Canada. I'm pretty sure it was 34. I remember being pretty close to getting the pin for 35 donations.
I've been a regular blood donor since about 1989 or so, with the exception of the three years I lived in Detroit. That was just because there wasn't a conveniently located donor center that I could find.
I go every 8 weeks (6x a year) and donate a pint of my AB+ blood. The people at the donor clinic love me because I'm AB+ and I have large veins. It gives me a good feeling to know that I'm helping someone out. And I get pop and cookies in return. Doesn't get much better than that if you ask me.
Have you donated blood recently? at all? If not, why not? you really should. What have you got to lose except a pint of blood that can be used by someone else?