A large part of why she loves her job is the sense of fulfillment, and not just her own. Jefferson explained that those who donate blood usually do it because their own lives, or the life of a loved one benefitted from blood donated at a Red Cross drive. For so many, donating blood is a way to give back.
Following the 9/11 attacks was when Jefferson truly understood the importance and impact blood donations can have on a community.
“Everyone showed up. The main goal was to give blood and save lives, it was a beautiful thing to experience,” said Jefferson.
When it comes to encouraging people to donate, Jefferson said she likes to explain it like an oil change: Getting rid of old blood cells that someone else can use, allows your body to generate new blood cells. Along with the physical health benefits, Johnson said that donating blood can work wonders to bring positive energy your way.
“I like to donate at least three or four times a year, I think it brings good karma,” said Jefferson.
With an emergency blood shortage currently at hand, the Red Cross needs donors now more than ever. For more information on how to find donor eligibility or to make an appointment at a blood drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org or download the Red Cross blood donor app on your smartphone.