SPOKANE, Wash. – Liz McGillicuddy has been donating her blood for two years. She said an hour of her time is a small sacrifice to make for the benefits she gives with each donation.
“If you don’t need it now, you’re gonna need it someday,” McGillicuddy said. “Or someone you love is gonna need it.”
She encourages people who have always been afraid to donate to get over their personal fears.
“You have to think about the good you’re doing,” she said. “You’re uncomfortable for a few minutes. Okay. What if it’s your mom or dad in the hospital or your child in the hospital? I mean, eventually, it’s going to be.”
The Inland Northwest Blood Center depends on its regular donors, like McGillicuddy, to ensure blood is on the shelves every day when local patients need it. McGillicuddy said when her required 58 days between donations is up, she’s always anxious to donate again.
“To donate one hour of my time every eight weeks and to possibly save three lives, I just don’t know what the decision is,” McGillicuddy said. “I can make an hour of my time to do that.”
The KREM Cares Blood Drive is Thursday, Aug. 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following four locations:
KREM Television (4103 S. Regal, Spokane, WA)
Inland Northwest Blood Center (210 W. Cataldo, Spokane, WA)
Valley Hospital (Spokane Valley)
Coeur d’Alene Inland Northwest Blood Center (403 W. Neider, Coeur d’Alene, ID)