The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one, or even you. Every year, our nation requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood is available. Every two seconds someone needs blood. Now about a week ago I was unaware of most of the things I’ve mentioned earlier but the volunteers from “NM NSS” (Narsee Monjee NSS) left no stone unturned and made sure all of us knew the importance of “BLOOD DONATION” (they also have yummy idlis).

The blood donation drive was coupled with organ donation and a thalassemia checkup. As I found myself standing in the queue to get my blood donation registration done, I sensed a feeling of happiness and satisfaction amongst everyone. Satisfaction of doing something above and beyond than attending lectures or chilling in the canteen!

Now after pulling off my Sherlock with the volunteers from NM – NSS and quizzing them left, right and centre, I was handed a hot plate of idlis. This is because apparently a glass of Bournvita every morning does not assure good blood sugar levels!

With the falling rupee, growing inflation, a 10 year low growth rate etc, the Blood Donation Drive was a breath of fresh air and an initiative that owes its success to the 65 volunteers who worked day and night to make sure some others had a chance to live.

Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives. On the 30th of August, 2013 NM – NSS collected 403 bottles of blood. Do the math!

If you ever come across an opportunity to make a difference, seize it because it’s then you value things you have and treasure them even more! A good deed, however small, is never forgotten. In the words of the Bard,

“How far that little candle throws his beams !
So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

The first and highest law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est and idlis of course!

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