Why Donate Blood?
Blood is essential for life: it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections, and helps heal wounds. And everyone has this self-generating resource that can be generously given to others—when and where it is needed most.
- Accidents happen 24/7 that put our friends, family, and neighbors in danger
- Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery
- Premature infants come into the world often needing blood to survive
You or someone you know will need blood
If not personally in need, at some point we will all know a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker who needs a blood transfusion. In fact, 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives.
Throughout this section, we hope you’ll find all you need to learn more about this life-sustaining and life-saving resource. Learn what blood is, what it does, and why it matters. Find out how safe, convenient, and easy it is to donate. Gain insight into where your Donated Blood Goes and the many Lives that are forever changed by your generous gift. And become a member of the Memorial Blood Centers community of donors who give regularly to those in need.
Why donating matters
Your community is depending on you
Become a regular blood donor and you’ll create a legacy of community service for generations to come. Beginning at age 16, if you made a donation approximately every three months until you reached 76, you would have donated 30 gallons of blood!
You make a big impact--in so little time
Donating blood takes about one hour, including a mini-physical and health interview. Actual donation time is typically only 10 minutes. And within about 10 days, your blood will have helped saved lives in your community.
If not you, who?
Right now, family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and others in your community are depending on you. Premature infants are born day and night, often requiring blood to survive. Cardiac surgery patients may need life-sustaining blood transfusions. The need is great. The rewards are many. And only you can volunteer to give the gift of life.