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Blood Donations

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There is a great need for blood donations around the world, and you can be the means of saving lives. According to the American Red Cross, over 40,000 blood donations are needed every single day in the United States alone, and without the help of volunteers like you, it is impossible to fill this need. About 9.2 people donate every year in the US, and although approximately 38% of the population is eligible to donate, less than 10% of them actually do.

Sometimes people don't donate out of fear, but the process is relatively simple following a four-step process: registering, getting your medical history checked, donating, and having some refreshments (food and drink that you are given right after you donate to replenish your fluids and energy). And once you donate, you have the ability to donate red blood cells every 56 days.

So, carefully consider becoming a donor. You can save lives.

Information cited from http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics (as of 2014).

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • means (noun): way or method of doing something
    - What is the best means of helping other people in the community?

  • donate (verb): give something freely
    - My father always donates money and items to the homeless shelter in our area.

  • eligible (adjective): having the right to do something
    - Children who come from low-income families are eligible to receive free lunches at school.

  • register (verb): sign up for something
    - How about registering to donate blood next month? It's a great way to serve the community.

  • consider (verb): think about
    - I considered volunteering my time to help children learn how to read at the library, but our family moved before I had a chance.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]

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