You do not need a special reason to give blood. Some of the reasons we give blood is because we believe it is the right thing to do, perhaps someday a family member or a friend might need blood someday, or maybe someone in your family or in your city/town is asking or doing a drive. The need for blood is always present and by donating will allow you to feel good knowing that you HAVE helped change or save a life.
Did you know that every day in our country that approximately 36,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment centers in order to help patients with cancer and other diseases, for those needing organs, and to help save the lives of accident victims.
Here are some AMAZING facts pulled from the American Red Cross website that we would like to share:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
- Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
- Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- More than 1.68 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
We invite you to visit the Red Cross of America – Give Blood website at http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood to learn more. There are several pages to learn more from donating blood, learn about blood, how to host a blood drive and how to volunteer.
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