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January 11th, 2005

Donating Blood

A couple years ago, my wife gave blood at work. Since then, we’ve been constantly barraged by recorded messages, e-mails, and snail mail from Inova Blood Donor Services. The phone calls are always extremely perky and there are weeks where we’ll get multiple calls, e-mails, and postcards reminded Huyen to donate blood.

Look. When Huyen gave blood, she barely met the requirements. If she gave blood every time that they called and requested it, she’d be dead. Or at least passed out on the floor until force fed her a donut and some orange juice. On top of that, the constant barrage of requests is just plain annoying.

I’m not trying to sound like a dick here, folks. I respect what they do and realize the importance of donating blood. I’ve done it myself more than a few times. What I’m criticizing is the methods they use to keep their name in front of their donors. There’s a fine line between reminding someone that you’re there and hitting them with more unsolicited contact than those freaking mortgage companies.

They could at least provide an opt-out. Really.

Posted in Everyday Life

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