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It was 2014 when Karla Amador first gave blood. She was working at a Boys and Girls Club and took advantage of an opportunity when the nonprofit organized a mobile blood drive, making it easy for her to donate while working.
“I remember the staff was really nice, and it was a smooth, positive experience,” she said.
What initially caused her to donate was a sense of moral responsibility; she saw giving blood as a way of giving back.
“There are little things like this that I can do to give back to my community,” she said.
Karla’s compassion for others inspires her to continue to give. Soon after her first donation, she enjoyed receiving emails from the San Diego Blood Bank that included stories about patients whose lives were saved because of generous donations from blood donors like her.
“Giving back in this way never goes unhindered,” she affirmed. “You don’t know whose life you could save or touch when you give blood. Every donation counts. It’s encouraging and amazing what you can do with your time; to save a life.”
Besides being a blood donor, Karla is a freelance writer for Color Magazine, for which she interviews and highlights diverse professionals. She is also currently taking classes on UX (user experience) design at University of California, San Diego. She loves coffee, books, writing, and helping her community. As a movie enthusiast, she recommends anything written or directed by Greta Gerwig, especially Gerwig’s most recent film, Lady Bird.