I've been feeding vampires today.
In other words: I've been donating blood
Like organ donation, I think this is something everyone should do, if they are eligible to do so.
My mother and I went together the first time, when they just took a few samples to see if our blood was healthy and that we had enough of it to share. We had to wait a few months for the results, then I got a phone call where they asked me HOW allergic I was to shellfish (we had to fill in a form as well), and as soon as I told them the one time I tried it (and spat it out straight away because I didn't like it) I just got a rash, they booked me in for an appointment to donate.
When they finally contacted my mother, she was disappointed because they told her she couldn't donate because she didn't have enough blood to share. She's not anemic or whatever, it's just that she's only got enough blood for herself.
Today was only my second time "properly" donating blood (instead of just the samples) and I was sad to tell them to take me off their donor-list since I'm going to Australia. When I settle down somewhere I will hopefully be able to start donating again.