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Houston Blood Drive
July 13 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registrants will receive a free beach towel and a COVID-19 antibody test from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center!
Donating Blood Saves Lives
The one thing that we have as humans that cannot be artificially manufactured is blood. The only way we can supply needed blood to others is by donating our own blood. Blood is literally a lifeline and giving it to others in need is truly a gift. If you have never given blood, we understand there may be questions. Once you understand the process, it will be clearer as to what is needed to give a blood donation. Knowing the statistics on the constant need for blood supplies would incite anyone to action. If everyone who was eligible to give blood made a regular donation, we would have a supply on hand when it is needed.
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Who Needs Blood?
Our bodies can produce only so much blood when there is a loss. One donation can save up to three lives! That is an amazing statistic. What if you or a family member needed blood and it wasn’t available what would happen? That is a circumstance no one wants to face.
Some instances where blood is needed include women who suffer complications during childbirth, accidents that cause severe bleeding, surgery patients, and those with blood diseases like hemophilia or cancer.
Here are some facts from the American Red Cross
Someone in the United States needs blood every 2 seconds
Three pints of blood is needed for the average transfusion
Nearly 36,000 units of red blood are needed each day in the United States
One accident victim may need up to 100 pints of blood to save their life
68 million annual cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will require a transfusion
Who Can Donate Blood?
Each major city has a blood bank. Their job is to promote and facilitate giving blood to the public. There are facilities where you can donate blood and most blood banks have mobile units that go out into the community to make giving blood convenient.
Individuals at least 17 years old may be eligible to donate blood. If you are 16 years old, you may only donate with signed parental consent.
If you are age 19 or older, you must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, you must weigh at least 122 pounds.
You must be in good general health.
You must bring a valid photo ID with you to donate blood.
Current Blood Shortage
COVID-19 has created many difficulties for our healthcare providers. Right now, we are in a severe shortage of needed blood supplies. Because of this, the FDA has changed its recommended deferral periods for certain circumstances from 12 months to 3 months. To keep the blood supply safe, a questionnaire is completed before every blood donation to make sure a potential donor has not been exposed to a health condition that would prevent donating. In addition to the questionnaire, each blood donation is tested for blood-borne pathogens to be deemed safe to use.
The most critical blood types needed are O negative and AB positive. If you’ve never had your blood typed, the blood bank will perform a test to determine your blood type.
How to Find a Donation Location
If you have access to the internet, you can search for “blood donation near me” or go directly to the Red Cross website where there is a location finder: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive
You can also access mobile blood drives in your city by visiting your regional blood bank: http://www.giveblood.org/where-to-donate/mobile-drives/by-date/
The Rewards of Giving Blood
Your local blood center knows that donors make an extra effort to be heroes, so they often reward you with a token gift. Every time you donate blood, you get to choose donor rewards such as:
- Donor Recognition Item
Often blood donors are given appreciation with a great t-shirt or other promotional items
- Blood Assurance
Donors selecting the Blood Assurance option receive one year of unlimited blood coverage per blood beneficiary. Often this includes family members as well.
We hope you’ll be a hero and join us in giving the gift of life with a blood donation. It’s easy, convenient, and rewarding to know that you can do something now that will save lives tomorrow. Can we count you in?
“Give Blood.” Donate Blood | Find a Local Blood Drive | American Red Cross, 2020, www.redcross.org/give-blood.html.
“Requirements for Donating Blood.” Requirements for Donating Blood | Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, www.giveblood.org/about-donating/who-can-donate-blood/.