They want your blood

Keyuna Mays

Giving a pint of blood and about an hour of one’s time is all it takes to save three lives. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will sponsor a blood drive to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the third floor of Billingsly Student Center.

“You will need to bring your picture ID, eat plenty before you come in to donate,” Alice Girton, blood drive recruiter for the CBCO, said.

“There will be some quick information to fill out and free snacks and T-shirts for those who participate.”

 According to the CBCO, they provide the blood needed for patients throughout a 38-county region. The organization was founded in 1995 with a mission to provide a quality blood supply in a timely manner, at the lowest reasonable fee, while remaining accountable to the local community, blood donors and healthcare providers.

More than 90 percent of the American population will need blood before reaching age 72 according to CBCO.

“Out of 100 people there is about 60 people who qualifies to give blood and only about four people will donate,” Girton said.

She says people often aren’t asked to donate, and the resources aren’t readily available. This is why the CBCO makes these drives available at off-site locations.

 

Fast facts:

 

• The average adult body contains ten pints of blood.

• Blood makes up about seven percent of a person’s body weight.

• About one in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.

• Donated red blood cells can be stored for up to 42 days.

• If all blood donors gave three times per year, blood shortages would be much more rare.

• Blood donors must wait 56 days between donations.

• One pint of blood can save up to three lives.