Did you know that fewer than 10 percent of those who are eligible to donate blood actually do so on a yearly basis? And during the summer months, many blood centers experiences shortages, as people go on vacation or are distracted by fun activities like spending time poolside! So there’s no better time than the present to help save three lives with your one donation.
Need some extra motivation? Check out these fast facts about giving blood, from the American Red Cross:
- A car accident victim may need up to 100 pints of blood
- Every two seconds, another American will need blood
- One person can donate whole blood six times each year
World Blood Donor Day, which is honored today, celebrates donors and aims to inspire others to give as well. The bandage company Nexcare is getting involved this year by teaming up with the American Red Cross for their third annual give program. Throughout this week, America’s Blood Centers and the Red Cross will hand out stylin’ give bandages (see above).
Nexcare has also launched a Facebook page to help potential donors find their nearest place to give blood. Another neat feature? You can share why you donate and sign a pledge to do so again. Then tell your friends to support your pledge—the company will make a charitable donation in the name of the top five vote-getters!
Now tell us: Are you a blood donor? If so, what motivates you to do so?