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Some Questions and Answers About Being a Donor
What's a donor?
A Donor is pretty much exactly what you would think it is. It is someone who offers, knowingly and willingly, their energy to another individual who is a vampire.
What do you donate?
This is a toughie but I will try to explain it as best as I can. There are several terms that can be used to name what it is that is donated. I use the term "energy" to describe it. Everything is made up of energy. Call it whatever you like, i.e. Prana, Energy, Life Force Energy; it is all basically the same thing. It's just the vessel in which this energy is carried through that is different. Blood is one vessel that energy can be found in; another is within one's aura, or energy signature. Every living being gives off an energy signature that can be taken in by a vampire whose feeding preference is psi. Elemental Energy is carried in the air via storm systems, solar flares, waterfalls and just about any possible release from nature.
What prompted you to become a donor?
I don't really know exactly. I didn't just wake up one morning and say, "Hey, I think I want to be a donor today". It was a long process of talking to other people who have both been Donors and have had Donors themselves. Never be afraid to ask questions. Don't get me wrong, I was nervous. I didn't know what to expect at all, so I read up on the topic at sites online like Sanguinarius.org, SLAD (St. Louis After Dark), and other forums such as ShadowLore's e-group, and eventually their message board.
How long have you been a donor?
I've been a Donor going on three years. I'm what I like to call a surrogate Donor. I will usually donate to friends who can't get to their donor or until they can find a more suitable donor for themselves.
Aren't you worried about getting an infection, or worse, HIV?
Of course! Who wouldn't be in this day and age? It's very important that you know and trust the person you are being a Donor for. Both you and the other person should get regular blood work done at the very least every three months. It also helps to be very smart in sterilization and keeping peroxide or alcohol handy to clean any wounds made if you are a Sanguine (Blood) Donor. Safety should come before anything if you ask me.
How is it done?
That would depend on the manner on which the Vampire "feeds". Sanguine Vampires generally feed from the energy within blood. The way the blood is acquired is through either cutting the Donor just enough to cause blood to flow. Finger pricking is also a manner of producing blood and is easier to maintain. For those Vampires who feed from Psi energy the method is different; they feed from the energy that surrounds living beings such as one's aura or energy signature. Most often, a Vampire would go to a heavily populated building like a Mall or Airport, somewhere that there are a lot of people moving about at any given time and they will skim the energy from the area psychically. The same method is used for Elemental Energy feeding except that the energy is skimmed from storms or other natural weather and nature.
Doesn't it hurt?
Again, this will vary from person to person. Some people have a higher threshold for pain than others. Being a Donor is not meant to hurt anyone. Most Vampires will go out of their way to ensure the comfort and safety of the one Donating to them.
What do you get out donating?
I'm a caring person and I don't get anything out of being a donor...with the exception of a possible new friend.
If someone wanted to become a donor, where would they go to find out more information?
Anyone can find information on the internet via e-Groups, online magazines, or websites; the possibilities are endless.
And how should they go about finding a vampire to donate to?
You should always get to know any individual you meet before you do anything further. You can always check out the vampire personals that appear in any kin-related magazine or website.
Eerie America TV Series
Eerie America could very well be called The Fodors Travel Guidebook for The Addams Family. I read some in-depth information about the show and saw the promo, and from what I can tell, this will be an absolutely AWESOME series if they can get it off the ground. (I'm actually praying they will.) Let others know and see who can help. This is something that should happen! Let's pull together and make it so!
New Orleans Vampire Association
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