It was a directed donation, at a hospital. For a friend and classmate of my niece.
Now, I used to give blood every few months. In 30+ years, I have donated over 15 gallons to the Red Cross. But about 4 years ago, I stopped. Used to be, one could show up at a blood drive, and, if they weren't too busy, be in and out in about an hour.
This was the case Tuesday at the hospital where I donated. Even though the first phelbotomist had issues (the second one stuck me fine and I filled the bag in just a few minutes) 3 guys went in and left in an hour, each donating a pint of blood.
Sadly, this isn't the case anymore at the Red Cross. Their procedures have changed to the point where it takes nearly 3 hours to give blood. They don't seem concerned that the volunteers have jobs and a life.....
So I don't give anymore.
Plus, if you DO give, they will hound you incessantly for years trying to get you to the next blood drive, calling you daily and in the evening....and they won't stop for a long time.
If I can give blood in a hospital and be out the door in 45 minutes, why does it take 3 hours at the Red Cross blood drive?