It is estimated every three seconds someone needs blood. In fact, one out of every three people will need it before the age of 72. That could mean you or a loved one. Unfortunately, less than 5% of the eligible population actually donates.
Each day, The Blood Center must collect 300 - 350 pints of blood in order to maintain a stable area blood supply. That’s why we encourage donors to become not just one, two or three-time a year blood donors, but regular blood donors - giving the gift of life every two months when you are eligible.
Blood inventory levels can fluctuate daily. The temporary shelf life of blood and a variety of factors, including holidays and even inclimate weather can affect both donor turnout as well as blood usage in a matter of hours. Because the need for blood is constant and ongoing, and at times can even be critical, our community partners and donors remain a reliable source to help ensure that blood is always available for patients who need it.
Do you have a friend or relative who has been using blood or will be in the near future? You can donate at any of our donor centers or blood drives – make sure to choose “Replacement” at time of donation. Read more about our Blood Replacement program.Tweet