Helping To Save Lives

The American Red Cross brings us many programs, being there to help people in their time of need. If you are like me, then you will want to know what happens to the blood you donate after. I found these steps on the Red Cross website; first it is collected, or we donate our blood, then the blood is sent to a Red Cross center and where it processed and separated out. It is then tested, to make sure the blood can be used, and stored, before being distributed to hospitals. The blood is available to be sent out 24/7.

There are number of good reasons to donate blood, but the main reason, you can help save a life. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and while fewer than 4 out of every 10 people can give blood, fewer than 1 in 10 actually do. If you do nothing else this month, stop, take time to give, you never know when you might need the favor returned.

If you live in the Central Valley, here are places you can go to donate.

Blood Donation

First, let’s say this, if you’re healthy and able, you should donate blood. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. And of those nearly 36,000 units of red blood cells needed annually over 20% will go to children. Much of today’s medical care relies on a steady supply of healthy blood.

Only 37% of the total population is eligible to give blood and of that only about 10% do.  Donating blood takes about an hour (from the time you sign in, until the time you leave).  The fluid is replaced in your body in hours, the red blood cells in about 4 weeks and the iron lost in about 8 weeks.  Read more facts here. And if this post got you excited to donate then click here to see where you can give.