If you have read here for a while, or have met me in person, you might know that I have one soap box that I feel pretty strongly about: blood donation. The first time I gave I lied about my weight and I will admit it didn't go so wel, the last time I gave was yesterday, on my birthday. If you are 17 years of age or older and weigh over 110 pounds, consider giving blood. You are saving lives.
- The number of transfusions nationwide increases by 9% every year.
- Each whole blood donation can help as many as three people. One unit is divided into three parts: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma.
- The need for blood increases during holidays and summer months. People are more apt to be traveling and active during these times and thus are at an increased risk for accidents.
- Whole blood donors can donate as frequently as every 56 days.
- Every 3 seconds someone needs blood.
- 17% of non-donors cite "never thought about it" as the main reason for not giving, while 15% say they're "too busy". The #1 reason donors say they give is because they "want to help others"
Think about it. You can save someone's life. You often can't plan for when you will need blood. Don't you want to know it will be there when you need it?