~ Friendly Reminder about our upcoming Blood Drive ~
The blood mobile will be here:
Wednesday,June 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Please sign up now to save lives!
We look forward to your participation.
Facts about American Red Cross Blood Services
Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20 percent are collected at fixed Red Cross donor centers.
Facts about blood needs
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
More than 1.68 million people were expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Many of them needed blood, sometimes daily during their chemotherapy treatment.
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
Facts about donors
The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.”
Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 24 percent donate occasionally, 26 percent are first-time donors and 50 percent are regular, loyal donors.
Facts about the blood donation process
Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
The demand for ALL blood types remains constant year round.
The American Red Cross has appointments available if you are interested in donating blood.