Blood is essential for life: it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections, and helps heal wounds. And everyone has this self-generating resource that can be generously given to others—when and where it is needed most.
- Accidents happen 24/7 that put our friends, family, and neighbors in danger
- Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery
- Premature infants come into the world often needing blood to survive
You or someone you know will need blood
If not personally in need, at some point we will all know a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker who needs a blood transfusion. In fact, 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives.
Why donating matters
REASON 1 : Your community is depending on you
Become a regular blood donor and you’ll create a legacy of community service for generations to come. Beginning at age 16, if you made a donation approximately every three months until you reached 76, you would have donated 30 gallons of blood!
REASON 2: You make a big impact—in so little time
Donating blood takes about one hour, including a mini-physical and health interview. Actual donation time is typically only 10 minutes. And within about 10 days, your blood will have helped saved lives in your community.
REASON 3: If not you, who?
Right now, family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and others in your community are depending on you. Premature infants are born day and night, often requiring blood to survive. Cardiac surgery patients may need life-sustaining blood transfusions. The need is great. The rewards are many. And only you can volunteer to give the gift of life.
- Make sure you meet the qualifications to donate. In most cases, blood donors must be 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in basic good health.
- Click on the green button above to find a Blood Donor Center near you or visit a blood drive in your community or on your campus.
- Once you’ve completed your donation, mark your calendar to give again in 56 days! This is the required waiting period between blood donations.