Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. More than 38,000 donations are needed every day in communities across the U.S. You can give every 56 days, and many donors give 5 times a year!
You will donate less than one pint, and your body, which constantly makes new blood, will replace the donated volume within 24 hours.
Don't like needles?
If you don' like needles or are scared to give blood, most donors will tell you that you feel only a slight initial pinch, and 7-10 minutes later, you are finished and headed for the canteen. If you take the time (and courage) to make one donation, you'll wonder why you ever hesitated.
If you stop to think that an hour of your time could mean a lifetime for a premature baby, someone with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, or someone who's had an accident, you might decide that you can make the time to give the gift of life.