Everybody has a story…what’s yours? What motivates you to donate? Share your story.
“I had always been afraid of needles but felt I needed to face this as a teacher during a school blood drive. I did it and decided to become a regular donor. 40 years later, I'm working on my 20th gallon. It's good to know where the blood is sent. I remember my terminally ill mom being perked up with a pint of blood. Plus it's fun eating the snacks afterwards I don't have at home!”
- It feels great to donate!
- You get free juice and delicious cookies.
- It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
- You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
- You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
Donation of 'whole blood' is the most common type of blood donation, but there are a few other types of blood donation. Donation types include:
- This is the most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of 'whole blood' is given.
- The blood is separated into transfusable components – red cells, plasma, platelets and/or cryoprecipitated AHF.