Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Less than 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood. Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous volunteers. Universally, O-negative blood can be used in all patients. People can donate red blood cells every 56 days. One donation can save 3 lives. The American Red Cross supplies 40% of the nation’s blood supply. The number one reason donors say they give blood is because “they want to help others.”
The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.
How can you get involved?
- Donate blood: You can donate blood at age 16 (depending on the state.)
Host a blood drive at your school/in your community
Volunteer at blood drives by:
- Greeting donors: Greet donors as they come to a Red Cross blood drive and provide them with required pre-donation information.
- Acting as escorts: After a person is finished donating, an escort walks with donors from the bed to therefreshment area.
- Serving refreshments: This person sets up the refreshment area, serves drinks and snacks to donorsand thanks them for sharing their special gift of life.
- Set up and tear down: Volunteers are needed to help Red Cross staff set up before and tear down after blood drives.