This month, members of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) will get together for our regular Bleed & Feed: a group blood donation service project followed by dinner. But this event is special – on September 15th, the group will be celebrating two years of regular blood donations. We anticipate reaching 80 units of blood donated over the last two years: that’s ten gallons of blood and dozens of lives saved!
The Bleed & Feed takes place every eight weeks – the minimum waiting period required between donations by the Red Cross. Participating members gather at the donor center for their appointments, cheer one another on, and then migrate to a nearby restaurant for a post-donation dinner.
The core Bleed & Feed group is about six HCCO members, with others joining in as their work and donation schedules allow. While we had around 3-5 units donated at our early events, the HCCO team now donates between 6-10 units each event between whole blood and apheresis donations. Part of the increase is from our members joining the cause; another reason is our informal competition between our group and the Seattle Atheists’ donor team.
The “Feed” is a critical part of the event. Everyone loves to have dinner with good company. We have members join us for the dinner who aren’t able to join us for the donation – and that’s great! We rotate our restaurant choices so that no one gets bored: we’ve had Mexican, Indonesian, Greek, tacos, steak, Italian and Chinese. Once we even went to a restaurant that specialized in bison! But we’re always careful to make sure there are vegetarian options wherever we go – we have more than a few vegetarians in our group, and we don’t want anyone to be left out.Read More
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