Many times in the past I have asked all that may read this, for gifts. Those gifts have always been for random acts of kindness. It never matters the size of the gift or for whom it is done. All that matters is that from the gift be done from the love and goodness contained within our hearts.
Over the years I have been offered numerous different blogging awards, material gifts and all sorts of things. I am very honoured at all such but in each case have, I hope tactfully declined and not offended anyone. Maybe I am living in my own little world or some thing. A thought just hit me, if I am well it is my world and this is my blog. In my world what I write are my thoughts of the moment and come from my heart with no expectation of anything in return. If I started accepting awards of recognition or gifts or what ever would my thinking begin to change, I don’t know. Now comments of loving support I do appreciate. Comments from those in need of support are always welcome.
Today is different. I am coming to you requesting a very specific gift that will indeed have it’s impact on me.
I have written of my cousin Joe and his on going battle with cancer. I learned last evening he has been transferred from the regular ward to the paliative care unit. He requires regular blood transfusions just to keep him alive. Here comes my request.
His son, my nephew also Joe Howdle on his Facebook page has made a request for people to go out and donate blood. He can truly understand the importance of this as his dad is one of those that regularly needs transfusions. Since he made that request which would be read by his Facebook friends 58 people have stepped up answering his call.
I am very proud of Joe (jr) for doing this. It is such a good cause. One that literally saves lives. Can you think of a greater random act of kindness. One donation can help as many as 3 people in need, possibly saving their lives. I ask if an opportunity to possibly save 3 lives were suddenly put in front of you, would you take. I would guess yes. Well that opportunity is right in front of you. What are you going to do now.
Now remember lives are at stake here and one donation can help 3 people. Now I can hear some of the excuses coming: “I know it is a good cause and something I have been meaning to do but I just never seem to have the time. I would ask you to just think about that for a moment. You are saying I know I can help, even save lives but I just haven’t got around to doing it, hmm
Or, I am afraid of needles. OK, fair enough. If you saw 3 people laying in the street dying. If you knew some how by getting a needle in the arm it would save their lives. Would you still be as reluctant to do it? I think likely not. It seems to strike home with us if we can see personally the person in need As opposed to it going to some unknown stranger in a hospital somewhere.
Personally, I have received the donation of platelets from 4 unknown strangers. To those 4 strangers I say thank you with all of my heart.
can we get on this please