To the editor:

Thoughts and conceptions can be misguided from time to time. In my mind, I have always been aware that "giving blood" helps others in your community that are in need and quite often it can save lives as well.

After taking a couple years off from giving blood, over a year ago I started going to blood drives again, which is a very rewarding thing to do. After downloading the Red Cross App it was amazing to get notices of my "blood's journey."

That is when I became aware of my misconception of what impact my simple act of giving blood was.

It feels like I am going on a trip every time I give, and I am never sure where the trip will lead me. Just in the last year, my blood has been to the Orange County Regional Medical Center in Middletown New York, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Kearney County Health Services in Minden, Nebraska.

Today, I will be giving again, wondering where my venture will lead to this time.

Such an amazing feeling that an hour of my time can help so many.

Robin Lloyd

Alexandria, MN