According to LifeServe Blood Center, every two seconds someone is in need of blood.
Every once in a while, you may hear about the increased need for donations at your local blood center, but the truth is that it is an ongoing need and it’s something that you can contribute to all year round.
I’ve been donating blood regularly since 1994 and it’s such an easy thing to do. Every eight weeks, I donate blood to a local blood drive conducted by LifeServe Blood Center and sponsored by a church in Johnston, Iowa. Plus, at the location where I donate, they make homemade cookies for people who donate! I earn points for each donation, which I can also exchange for a variety of items. Between the cookies and free stuff—why aren’t more people donating?!
As a card-carrying Silver Donor, I’ve given more than seven gallons of blood. That equals 58 donations. And I’m working towards my Gold Donor card which will signify 10 gallons of blood that I’ve donated.
I’ve been told that I have nice veins and that I bleed fast so I can complete the donation quickly. I will admit to “racing” with other donors so I can get to the treat table first. Donating can make me a bit tired, so it’s a perfect excuse for a Saturday nap.
Here are some fun facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- There is no substitute for human blood.
- About 1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood.
- One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.
- Only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10 percent donate annually.
To find a donation center near you or to learn more about giving blood, visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. You must be a healthy adult, at least 16 years old and at least 120 pounds to donate one pint of whole blood. And you can donate every 56 days.
It feels good to donate. Saving lives is good!