How to Save a Life
You can save lives. Every two seconds
someone in the United States needs
blood. If enough people give blood
regularly, there will always be a
continuous supply for the sick or
injured. If not enough blood is given,
there will be shortages, and people who
need blood may have to go without it,
which would result in needless illness
To meet our nation's need of blood,
the Red Cross must collect over six
million blood donations each year. With
60 percent of Americans eligible to
donate blood, only
currently give blood.
To help our family, friends and those
in need, we must embrace the
responsibility of giving blood. To do
so, we need more volunteer blood donors.
Red Blood Cells can be
used for up to 42 days. These cells
carry the body's oxygen supply.
Platelets must be used
within 5 days. Platelets are fragile
cells that cancer patients and others
need in order to control bleeding.
Plasma can be frozen
for one year. Plasma is the yellow
liquid portion of the blood. It is the
source of the proteins that stop
bleeding by forming clots.