I will not donate blood or money to the American Red Cross.
I donate blood frequently. It’s easy for me (when my iron is high enough), I don’t mind the needles, & I think watching my warm blood pump into a bag is pretty neat. I have type O negative blood & I am also CMV negative. This means my blood can go to pretty much anybody because O negative is the universal donor, & not having the common & widespread Cytomegalovirus, means my blood is more pure. So basically I have Superior Blood™.
I’ve had several negative experiences with the Red Cross over the multiple times I’ve donated:
- 45+ minute wait times before the interview despite making an appointment in advance;
- direct rudeness & unprofessionalism from several employees;
- employees complaining about donors within earshot;
- bruises the size of mangoes from them stabbing at my veins like a blindfolded four year old
- neglect to the point that my blood was pooling on the floor under my chair
When I tried to call to make appointments, they couldn’t understand where my cellphone area code was, so I was advised by the robot voice to hang up & call from a land line. I had to drive home & call from my parent’s land line. It’s 2011.
Then the stalker calls started. The Red Cross called me from an unknown number 15 times in the span of a couple weeks. FIFTEEN TIMES. I answered sometimes, I ignored the calls most of the time. Sometimes the calls came multiple times a day. When I answered, it was an automated system telling me to hold for the next available representative. What? THEY called ME. Why the hell am I on hold?
The tipping point for me to stop donating with the Red Cross was when I learned they sell blood to Children’s National. They sell donated blood to the children’s hospital. I now donate blood directly to Children’s National, whose employees are polite & competent. There’s absolutely no wait time for those with appointments; I can get in & out in the time I spend waiting to be seen with the Red Cross. I called the Red Cross & told them something about exchanging needles in Africa to get them to stop harassing me like leeches. After that all of the unknown number calls stopped.