A couple weeks ago, a blood drive came to my college looking for healthy people to donate blood if possible. I have wanted to donate blood for a while now, but for me it was more than just wanting to do something good. It was wanting to do something good for my community.
As many of you may know, I went to the DC Pride Parade this year for the first time. It was a hot summer DC day where I met some of the greatest people anyone could ever meet. That same day, the largest mass shooting happened in Orlando at a gay bar.
On the night of Pride at a gay bar, a man with a semi-automatic weapon stormed a gay bar. He then shot and killed 49 people. This was, and still is, a horrible tragedy. As an event that affected my community, I felt a deep connection to what happened, and the fact that on the same day, I was celebrating pride.
Knowing that something like this could have happened anywhere on that night, I realized that I wanted to help in any way possible. I also knew that many people who were more closely affected by the event, like partners of the people attacked, could not donate blood. Because I feel the need in the community, I felt the need to fill that hole because I could.
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