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Patch's Poll: Does The Idea of Donating Blood Make You Squeamish?

The American Red Cross is looking for donors this month who would be willing to give over a pint of blood for a good cause.

Donating blood is a fairly uncommon practice among most Americans.

According to MayoClinic.org, only five percent of eligible donors across the nation donate blood annually, despite the fact that the number of transfusions in the U.S. increases by nine percent each year.

Right now, the American Red Cross is . The organization is seeking donors and is hosting drives across Connecticut this month.

But, needles can often make people squeamish, which is something the Red Cross acknowledges on its Web site when discussing the initial fears. The organization conveniently lists a number of potential ways in which you can avoid think about the blood donation part of the process.

Are you the needle-fearing type? Does the idea of donating blood make you squeamish to the point where you just can’t do it? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Edie Chernack July 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I am O- which is universal donor. Anyone can receive my blood type. I have been donating for 33 yrs. for a total of 9 1/2 gallons. It is a great way to feel like you've done something good to help others and it remains anonymous, which, in my humble opinion, is the best way to help someone.

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