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Patch's Poll: Does The Idea of Donating Blood Make You Squeamish?

The American Red Cross is looking for donors this month who would be willing to give over a pint of blood for a good cause.

Donating blood is a fairly uncommon practice among most Americans.

According to MayoClinic.org, only five percent of eligible donors across the country donate blood annually, despite the fact that the number of transfusions in the U.S. increases by nine percent each year.

Right now, the American Red Cross is . The organization is seeking donors and is hosting drives across Connecticut this month.

But, needles can often make people squeamish, which is something the Red Cross acknowledges on its website when discussing the initial fears. The organization conveniently lists a number of potential ways in which you can avoid think about the blood donation part of the process.

Are you the needle-fearing type? Does the idea of donating blood make you squeamish to the point where you just can’t do it? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

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