While donating blood can be something not many think of on a daily basis, it is incredibly important and can save lives. As we kick off National Blood Donor Month, Team Select will share 3 reasons to donate blood and how you can make an impact.
By donating blood, you can help others in need, and could potentially save a life.
“Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person – the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components – red cells, platelets and plasma – which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.” – World Health Organization
According to the Red Cross, it is estimated that every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day.
- Learn about your blood type and receive a free mini check-up.
When you donate blood, you learn about your blood type and will have your vitals checked before being allowed to donate blood.
Medical professionals will check things like your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse.
The four main blood types are:
To get more granular, these four main blood type groups can lack or possess an Rh factor which can make you (+) or (-).
“Blood typing is determined by the molecules on the surface of the red blood cells (RBCs). In general, we can classify someone’s blood type by the absence or presence of A or B antigens and Rh factor on the surface of blood cells. The most commonly recognized blood groups are A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative, AB positive, AB negative, O positive, and O negative.” – American Red Cross
Did you know you can donate blood for money? Technically, it is the plasma that organizations will pay for, but that is gathered through a blood draw at a location nearest you.
If you are looking to do so, we recommend researching what locations near you take blood donations. A simple Google search of, ‘Blood donation near me’ may be able to assist you in your search.
A few common blood donation centers that will pay for plasma may include:
While there are many additional reasons to donate blood, your efforts could save a life and make a lifetime impact on someone else’s wellbeing. Make a difference this month during National Blood Donor Month!