I don't know about any of you, but the Red Cross often plays commercials on local TV, and calls me as well asking for blood donations. I go to a donation center only to find that I'm not even eligible, thanks to new regulations concerning those who have lived in Europe.
So at the same time that they are screaming about blood banks' supply being at an all time low, they have alienated not only a large percentage of the population, but in fact one of the largest and most frequent groups of donors - the military. And not only that, time spent 'in-utero' counts as well, so many children born in foreign countries are also disqualified from donating.
Sorry I'm just a bit mad.
In-Depth Discussion of Variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease and Blood Donation You are not eligible to donate if, since 1980, you :
* Spent a total time of 3 months or more in any of these countries:
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Channel Islands, or
* Spent a total time of 6 months or more in any combination of these countries:
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azores, Belarus, Belgium, Boznia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Island, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Republic of), Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madeira Islands, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands (Holland), Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Scotland, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City, Wales, Yugoslavia (includes Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia)
* Received insulin derived from cattle (bovine) from any of the countries listed above
* Received a blood transfusion in any of these countries:
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Channel Islands