One of my favorite ways to give back to the community is by donating blood. Summer is one of two times during the year that there is a shortage of blood available to those in need but it doesn’t have to be this way. It is such an easy thing to do and something of life saving significance, I’m only sorry it can only be done every 8 weeks.
Did you know that only 38% of our nations population is eligible to donate blood, and out of those that can donate, less than 10% will give this gift of life? Every pint of blood a person donates can save up to 3 lives, that is pretty impressive. It takes about an hour to go through the entire process of mini physical, screening and donation, and yet so few are willing to give 60 minutes every 8 weeks that could make a huge difference. And, if only 1% more of those eligible would donate, it would eliminate the shortage. So why isn’t everyone donating?
Think about it, you could be a life saver today, a true hero, just by giving up one hour and one pint of blood. Oh and they will give you cookies and juice when you are finished.
Here are 56 facts about blood that many do not know.
Be a life saver and give the ultimate gift of self.