What's love got to do with it?
If there’s one thing the past few years have taught us, it’s the value of gratitude. At Lifeblood, we’re all about feeling the love and making our donors feel appreciated, no matter what the occasion may be.
They say the best relationships are born from knowing what it takes for a person to feel loved. Each person recognises this feeling in a specific language, which can be at least one of five listed below:
But what do each of these mean and how can you find out what makes one feel loved? Here’s how the love languages apply to our daily lives at Lifeblood:
Say hello to Taylor.
Acts of Service – Taylor’s wanted to make a difference in the lives of others for quite some time, so they jump online and book a life-saving donation. By taking time out of their day to do something for the greater good, Taylor’s taking part in an act of service.
Quality time – On the day of their donation, Taylor is greeted at one of our 96 donor centres by a smiling face. The staff member lets them know that the whole donation process can take up to an hour, so they relax in our comfortable couches, while listening to their tunes, reading a book or catching up on favourite TV shows. Some peace, quiet and quality time for Taylor!
Affirmation – While preparing for the donation, the nurse can’t help but compliment Taylor for their beautiful veins.
“My, oh my, what beautiful veins you have!”
Taylor glows at the lovely compliment, “All the better to donate with, my dear,” and continues the donation process with a feeling of affirmation. A compliment goes a long way in communicating love.
Receiving gifts – Who doesn’t love receiving gifts? Taylor completes their donation and heads over to the refreshments area. They’re thrilled to see free snacks including milkshakes, pies, sausage rolls, veggie rolls and more! Saving lives and snackin’ times is what we’re all about. After you’ve given something so important, you deserve a snack; not just as a good gesture, but also to replenish any nutrients or fluids lost during your donation.
Physical touch – Although physical touch may be limited these days, as Taylor gobbles up some tasty snacks they reflect on how their donation is going to ‘touch’ the lives of so many in need.
No matter if you appreciate some, or all these ways to express love, one thing’s for sure — the heart wants what it wants: its own constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to stay healthy. This is why we take extra care in ensuring a smooth journey of your donation to those who need it the most.
And for those of you who like to go the extra mile in making someone smile, you can donate as a gift using our customised Gift of Life cards. It’s a great way to whole-heartedly express your love for someone and share that life-giving feeling.
Ready to speak your love language? Book in a donation today.