Every two seconds, someone needs blood, a product that has no substitute and must be donated from volunteers just like you. No matter the donation you make, you will be saving the life of a neighbor in need. Learn more about how you can impact a life below:
Whole blood donations are the most common form of donation. In it, you will donate a pint of blood in a process that takes about an hour, in total. This donation can save up to three lives and can be repeated every 56 days.
What do you need to know about platelet donation? Platelets are tiny disk-shaped fragments of blood cells that are essential for normal blood clotting. Platelets are critically needed every day for some of the sickest patients, like those in cancer treatment or babies born without clotting factors.
Plasma is the liquid component of blood, which carries red blood cells and nutrients to the parts of the body that need it. Plasma is used to treat burn victims and those with trauma or clotting disorders.
Each person has a specific blood type, based on the combination of factors included in their blood. This blood type allows medical facilities to give the right blood to the right patient, as well as helping blood centers find the best donation for your type.
Most importantly, donating blood will provide health and healing for local patients in need. But, donating blood has some nice additional perks, too!
With each donation, you can forego your promotional t-shirt and instead choose to have the blood center make a financial donation to Global Blood Fund, a charitable organization that works to improve the availability and safety of blood in some of the world’s poorest nations.
If you or a loved one needs blood, you can help pay your donation forward using a Donor Benefit Plan. These plans help offset some of the cost of needed blood products, which covers expenses associated with collecting, testing and processing the blood.