The American Red Cross “is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country.”
Giving blood with the Red Cross is the easiest way to save someone’s life! Every year 4 million people give 6.5 million units of blood to those who need it. Giving blood helps accident victims, cancer patients, surgical candidates, and children with blood disorders.
If you want to give blood there are a few things you’ll need to do before you do so.
- Hydrate: you’ll want to be fully hydrated so there is less of a chance to pass out or get sick during the process
- Wear something comfortable: Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
- Maintain a healthy amount of iron before donating: include iron rich foods in your diet before donating
On the day of your donation:
- Bring an ID!
- Bring a friend!
There are countless stories on the Red Cross website telling of how they saved someone or were saved themself. One woman writes, “When our infant son was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and rushed to intensive care, he needed blood during open-heart surgery. He couldn’t have survived without that blood supply. Many thoughts went through my mind those weeks in the hospital with him, and one of them was how grateful I am to those who donated blood and how much I’d previously taken the supply of it for granted. He is now six years old and, after two more reconstructive surgeries, is doing well and enjoying life. I now donate blood regularly, knowing the supply is not guaranteed, and that it is one way I can do something meaningful in life.”
If you want to learn more about giving blood and saving someone’s life check out The American Red Cross! There is a donation center close to you!
What about you? Have you ever given blood? Have you ever considered giving blood?