The blood drive is being held to benefit the American Red Cross. According to the American Red Cross, blood supplies run very low during the summer months as many people are on vacation and have other activities such as weddings, graduations and the like.
In order to donate blood, a person must weigh at least 110 pounds, must not have a fever or infection and must not have donated blood in the last 8 weeks. For more eligibility requirements, click here.
The following information is from the American Red Cross:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.