It takes three hours, it’s uncomfortable, and I do it as often as I can

Sammy Hagar Beverly BurlerSteeleworker Beverly Butler had me with the photo. Bev and Sammy Hagar were both at an event honoring those who give – in time, donations, and blood. So, when she suggested this guest post, I said hell yeah!

People who give blood are noble. Those of us who donate platelets during work hours (thank you, Boss!) have taken lying down on the job to a whole new level. Blood is removed and sent through a machine that separates out the platelets. What’s left is put back into the donor a few hours later. It feels weird. Think chilled water being pumped into your veins. There is a guest book in the recovery area that simply asks: “Why do you give?” Donors write about very personal reasons: their toddler being diagnosed with leukemia, or a brother needing 15 pints of blood after a motorcycle accident, or a young husband just back from war with a brain tumor. It’s what keeps me going back month after month, cookies or no cookies.

Find out more about today’s guest tipster Wells Fargo’s Beverly Butler here on LinkedIn. And read about the Hagar Family Foundation and how Sammy gives back SO much here.

Give something back today – and give your employees time off with pay to do the same,

Chief Tipster Dayna Steele
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My next book, Surviving Alzheimer’s: With Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine (A caregiver’s guide to love, humor, patience, confusion, anger, and wine), will be a tribute to my late mom and the lessons learned from this horrible disease. Hilarity for Charity, founded by actor Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller, works in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association for research and caregiver grants. I have asked Seth to write the foreword to the book. Donate here – it will help me get his attention AND help so many that will take this same awful journey.

 

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