Giving Blood: The Gift You Give To Others

Every year, I have made it my mission to try something new at Dragon*Con. This year, I gave blood here for the first time. It was one of those things I kept meaning to do, but never took the time to do so. This year, I wanted to step up and help give the gift of life to others.

It was such an easy and pleasant process. All of the staff from LifeSouth were awesome. Everyone was smiling. I felt very comfortable in the process. It was stress-free.

I was not in any one area too long. I started out with registration, then to the interview area where they took my information and vitals, then off to the table room. After I fed the vampire baby, there was a room with munches and drinks. I even got a free t-shirt and a couple of pins. It only took about an hour total. It was so worth the time.

Would I do it again? Absolutely. This is one of many ways Dragon*Con gives back. My small donation will make a difference in someone else’s life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do so.

Take the time. Go to the Marriott and donate. It’s a wonderful way to pay to help others and hang out with really cool people.

Author of the article

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website ( or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)