Donate blood, donate to life
Editor's note: West Linn Adult Community Center volunteer Mieke Wiegman submitted this article for publication shortly after the shootings which took place in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 3, and in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 4.
Since then another mass shooting occured in Odessa, Texas, Aug. 31, which just strengthens Wiegman's case for the need for blood donations.
Recently, America was again plunged into sorrow, horror and disbelieve with two horrendous shootings: one in El Paso, Texas, and one in Dayton, Ohio.
The first one was in El Paso, and on watching the news, I was struck with the people there all lining up at the hospital for hours to give blood for the many wounded who needed it.
The chant of "El Paso is resilient," and "we will overcome" was heartbreaking, and heartwarming at the same time. So many lives were cut short, because of this horrifying, incomprehensible violence.
I'm sure we've all been debating and talking, giving our opinions about all the gun violence currently happening in our country. We all want the same thing, right — for everyone to feel safe, young and old, wherever we've come from, and whomever we are?
Yet, I want this to be about the positive things in life, and think about all those people who had lined up to give blood. Blood means LIFE. It means saving lives.
It doesn't take long to die bleeding from a gunshot wound, or any other big wound. When blood flows out, life flows away too. That's why it is so important to make sure hospitals have enough blood to put back into those of us who are wounded but lucky enough to make it to a hospital. Violence and accidents happen every day.
Another issue many of us may experience is the fact that in this greying population, a lot of us have been put onto a blood thinner medication.
We are getting older and our hearts are too, and we may need medication to keep it ticking. Whether you or your spouse takes blood thinners, the worry is always there. Could I fall and hit my head and start bleeding?
Recently, a friend of ours cut himself with a newly sharpened knife, and takes blood thinners. The bleeding would not stop.
It took a lot of effort, bandages, paper towels and pressure to finally make it stop. If it had continued, a visit to the hospital would have been in order, and he may have needed blood.
The West Linn Adult Community Center is hosting a blood drive Oct. 2 from noon to 6 p.m. Please sign up to give someone the gift of life by giving blood.
To schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767). Your donations are life-saving for someone.
The lunch menu this week features hamburgers, potato salad, broccoli and carrot cake on Friday, Sept. 27, glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetable medley and apple pie on Monday, Sept. 30 and Birthday Brunch featuring quiche, hash browns, sausage and fruit salad on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The cost is $5 per person and lunch is served at noon.
The West Linn Adult Community Center is located at 1180 Rosemont Road in West Linn.
Mieke Wiegman is a volunteer at the WLACC.
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