Importance of Donating Blood

Blog Post created by go365admin on Sep 9, 2015

Photo used under creative use license courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Guest post written by Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl.

The choice to donate blood is a personal one, but one fact is straight-forward: According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

Whether you’ve donated multiple times or are curious about donating in the future, I want to share a few facts and statistics demonstrating the importance of donating blood:

  • Every single day, more than 44,000 blood donations are needed.
  • Of the more than 1 million people diagnosed with cancer annually, many of them will require a blood donation, sometimes daily, throughout their chemotherapy treatment.
  • Type O, known as the “universal donor”, is the blood type most often requested by hospitals.


These facts are just a few of the reasons close to 10 million people decide to make a blood donation every year.  Other times the incentive is more personal: perhaps you know someone who has struggled with cancer or have a friend with a child who needed a blood transfusion.  Some simply do it because it feels good and others do it because it is a completely free and easy way to give back.

Whatever your reason, you can be certain that your blood donation is needed and appreciated. Here are a few other interesting statistics about donating blood:

  • It typically takes 10 minutes or less to complete the actual blood donation.
  • Giving blood will NOT decrease your strength.
  • In the days following September 11th, half a million people donated blood.
  • Blood centers often run out of Type B and O so those types are in high demand.
  • If you are in good health, at least 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more you are able to donate blood every 56 days.


Blood drives are likely hosted in multiple places near your home, including your place of work, a local school or community center, or nearby church. Don’t forget about the free snacks at the end because let’s be honest, just about everyone can appreciate free cookies.

Are you a blood donor? Tell us all about your experience in the comments below!

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