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Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Giving blood is easy and saves lives. (In fact, one pint of blood can save up to three lives!)

In one hour, you could watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, or you could help one of the five million real-life patients who need blood every year.

Why donate blood?

People need blood for a variety of reasons:

  • Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (for premature babies, transplants, heart surgeries and more) relies on an available blood supply.
  • Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more transfusions.
  • Cancer patients, including children with cancer, depend on multiple blood transfusions to win their fight.
  • Bone Marrow transplant patients may require blood from more than 100 donors.

What is involved?

The process of donating blood takes about an hour, including registration. Here’s what happens:

Step 1, Registration: Fill out a donor registration form with your contact information and brief health history.

Step 2, Health Screening: A technician checks your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse, and reviews your health history. If you meet all donor requirements, you begin the donation process.

Step 3, Donation: A specially trained technician draws your blood, which takes about 10-12 minutes. You give a little less than one pint of whole blood in a standard donation. Fun fact: Your body replaces the plasma within 24 hours and the red blood? cells within 4-8 weeks.

Step 4, Refreshments: After your donation, you relax and enjoy a snack (like cookies!) in the refreshment area for 10-15 minutes.

Where do I donate?

Find a local blood bank by searching in your area. Or make an appointment with the Red Cross.

More ways to help

Not eligible to donate or want to make a bigger difference? Support your local blood banks with a monetary donation:

Donate Now

Make an exponential difference: Spread the word about giving blood! Share this post, and convince your friends and co-workers to join you in donating.

Together, we can save lives.

—Sara Olsher, Marketing Manager

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