Over these years, I've come across a lot of people who are hesitant to donate blood. They feel that it might take something away from them. A lot of people expect to be paid for donating blood without obliging to the greater cause of serving humanity. In one strange case, A father refused to accept donors who were working in the IT field (he presumed that all software engineers smoke cigarettes & drink alcohol often). All this is a consequence of misinformation.
Here's a few facts about blood donation:
1. Any healthy person between the age of 20 & 50 can donate blood as long as they have no traces of alcohol, steroids, medicines in their blood (ideally 48-72 hours should pass).
2. Donating is relatively safe, but some donors have bruising where the needle is inserted or may feel faint.
3. Potential donors are evaluated for anything that might make their blood unsafe to use.
4. The donated blood is regenerated within 24-48 hours in the body.
Blood donation is a great way to serve society. Saving lives doesn't necessarily mean that we need to wear a cape and tag ourselves as super-heroes. Spread the word, donate blood!