If you’ve flipped on the local news recently, you likely realize that Mississippi is facing a critical blood shortage. It’s gotten so bad that Mississippi Blood Services is offering incentives to get people to donate blood. For example, if you donate through Aug. 18, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win $1,000.
It would be nice to win that money, but you don’t have to take home a cash prize to benefit from donating blood. Check out these benefits and head to your local donation center.
Get a Health Check
Did you know that you undergo a quick physical before giving blood?
A nurse will check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, iron levels, and more before letting you donate blood.
If the nurse notices anything unusual, he or she will recommend that you see your primary care provider.
This is a great way to check your health in between physicals.
Who knows. Maybe you’re so tired because your iron levels are low.
Go to donate blood and find out.
Reduce Your Extra Iron Stores
Some people are too low in iron, while others have too much of it. Hemochromatosis is the technical term for having too much iron and it can actually damage your joints and organs. It can even lead to cancer and death. Unfortunately, many of the people who have this condition don’t know it until it’s too late.
Do you know what the best treatment for hemochromatosis is?
Your donation will get rid of those excess iron stores so you won’t have to worry about it damaging your body.
Lower Your Risk of a Heart Attack
Heart attacks can be deadly, and you want to do everything you can to avoid having one. It turns out that regular trips to Mississippi Blood Services could do the trick. The Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study found a link between donating blood and a reduced risk of heart attacks.
That’s a great reason to donate blood. You want to keep your heart healthy, so start donating blood today.
This is the most important benefit, and it cannot be stressed enough.
Donating blood saves lives.
When you donate blood, you aren’t just taking care of your own body. You are saving others. There is nothing more valuable than human life, so do your part to save one.
Make a Difference Today
There are few times in life when you can truly make a difference, and this is one of them. If there is a serious accident with multiple victims who require blood, the hospitals might not be able to keep up. Fortunately, you can step in and help. Grab a buddy and head to one of the Mississippi Blood Services locations to do your part. There are locations all across the state, so get out and donate blood today. When you donate blood, give the staff the code DJ01 to let them know that you’re donating on behalf of the MHA.
Let’s show the people of Mississippi that when residents have a need, humanists show up to help.