Facts You Might Not Have Known about Blood Donation

harris school of business blood drive cherry hill campusBlood donation really does save lives!

It is not every day that you can say you did something to save someone’s life. But on a day that you donate blood, you can certainly say it! Blood donations truly save lives. Last week, students and staff at the Cherry Hill campus of the Harris School of Business donated enough blood to help save 30 lives. Everyone who donated should feel proud to contribute to this worthy cause.

Speaking of blood donations, have you ever thought about how the donations are used and why blood donation is so critical? The American Red Cross publishes a long list of interesting facts about blood donations on their Facts and Statistics page. Here are some highlights that might make you want to become a donor!

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
  • The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 15.7 million
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O. Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation, and refreshments.
  • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
  • If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save more than 1,000 lives!

The fact list above is excerpted from the American Red Cross Facts and Statistics webpage.

If these facts are sparking an interest in becoming a blood donor, why don’t you learn more today? Using the American Red Cross’s resources, you can read the Frequently Asked Questions, or search for a blood drive near you. All in all, it requires just a short commitment of your time to make a huge difference in the lives of others!


This article was provided by the Harris School of Business. At the Harris School, we provide career training for healthcare and allied health careers. With campuses located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut, the Harris School encourages our students to become involved in their communities through activities such as blood drives and clothing drives. To learn more about the Harris School of Business, complete our simple information form, and a representative will contact you shortly.