Donating blood saves lives, so if you're looking to literally give yourself for a good cause, come on out! The Columbia Area Chive will be partnering with Wild Wing Cafe and the American Red Cross to help save lives and make the world #10percenthappier!
You can sign up [https://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=CACCares], or simply show up at Wild Wing Cafe. Pre-registering will make things go faster since you can choose your donation time. You can also pre-answer the questions for the American Red Cross by going to [https://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass].
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
- Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
- Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.