All six regional libraries will be hosting blood drives in the month of December. Giving blood is a great way to give back to your community. Wake County citizens ages 16 and up can give blood, although if you are age 16, you do have to have a signed parent permission form.
Last year was my first time giving blood, and it was easy to do. I have never been able to give blood before because of low blood count, but thanks so a great multi-vitamin, my hemoglobin is up, up, up.
First you read the list of requirements needed to give blood. Then you go into the blood donation room (or bloodmobile) and have a private interview with one of the nurses. After you answer the questions, you lie on a comfortable couch and nice people come and take care of you and act nice to you. You can even read a book while your fluids are departing your body.
The last thing you do is really tough. They give you some snacks and a juice or soda and you eat a snack! They tell you to take it easy for a good hour after donating and not to make sudden movements. You also get a free t-shirt.
Find a list of participating libraries, with dates and times, here. It is recommended that you make an appointment. You can also find the list of requirements on the same page.