The holiday season is quickly coming upon us (and for those that jump the gun, it is already in full swing). Whether shopping, traveling, cleaning, entertaining, we all have reasons or more precisely, excuses to do, or not do things. Â This leads to facts like, at a time of year when they are desperately needed, schools are out and holiday activities are at their peak, donations of blood typically drop at least 25%.
We spend money, we bake cookies, we give in many different ways. Â This year, if you haven’t done so, please consider giving of yourself, and donate blood or platelets. Â A donation of a single pint of blood can be a present of life for up to three people who can benefit from that blood. Â Every 2-1/2 seconds someone needs blood. Â What if it is a friend, a family member, or even yourself. Â You would certainly hope that there would be blood available, wouldn’t you? Â The problem is that while almost 80% of the population will need blood at some point, only about 5% of people take the time to donate blood.
- If that is not enough, then here are some more facts for you to consider:
- One out of every ten people admitted to a hospital will need blood.
- In order to keep up with needs, more than 38,000 donations are required daily.
- It takes 2 days for blood to go through the testing process and made ready for donations, so the blood used in an emergency was donated and on the shelves days before the emergency occurs.
- Nearly 4 million people a year would die without blood transfusions.
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
The need for blood is constant. Â It does not take time off for the holidays. Â This holiday season, make red representative of something more than Santa’s suit. Â You can help make the holidays merry and bright for someone in need of blood this holiday season. Â Giving blood is the quickest way to lose a pound (if such things are important to you), and it takes less than half an hour to give the gift of life to someone that needs it.
Please – Donate Blood Today!