Why should I give blood?
Donating blood is a simple process that saves millions of lives each year. Blood is needed every few seconds. One out of three people needs donated blood in their lifetime. One out of 10 hospital patients needs a transfusion. Blood is always needed for treatment of accident victims, cancer patients, hemophiliacs and surgery patients. There is no substitute for blood.
Top 10 reasons to give blood
- It's the right thing to do.
- You will be someone's hero you may give a newborn, a child, a mother or a father, a brother, or a sister another chance at life. In fact, you may help save up to three lives with just one donation.
- It's something you can do on equal footing with the rich and famous blood is something money can't buy. Something only one person can give to another.
- You will be helping to ensure that blood is there when you or someone close to you may need it. Most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
- You will walk a little taller afterwards you will feel good about yourself.
- Nobody can ask you to do any heavy lifting as long as you have the bandage on. You can wear it for as long as you like. It's your badge of honor.
- It's something you can spare most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
- It's easy and convenient it only takes about an hour and you can make the donation at a donor center, or at one of the many Red Cross blood drives.
- You will weigh less one pound less when you leave than when you came in.
- You will get free juice and/or cookies.
- I don't like needles / I am scared of needles / I am afraid to give blood. Nearly everyone feels that way at first. However, most donors will tell you that you feel only a slight initial pinch, and 7-10 minutes later, you are finished. If you take the time (and courage) to make one donation, you'll wonder why you ever hesitated.
- I am too busy. The entire process takes about an hour, and the actual blood donation time is only 7-10 minutes. If you stop to think that an hour of your time could mean a lifetime for a premature baby, someone with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, or someone who's had an accident, you might decide that you can make the time to give the gift of life.
- No-one ever asked me I didn't realize my blood was needed. Consider yourself asked! There is simply no other way to supply the blood needs of hospital patients but for the generous donations of people like you. Every few seconds someone in the Philippines needs blood. Thousands of donations are needed every day in communities across the Philippines.
- I already gave this year. Although not many blood banks know this, you can give every 56 days. Many donors in the U.S. give 5 times a year!
- I am afraid I'll get AIDS. It is not possible to get AIDS by donating blood to the Red Cross or to hospitals. A new sterile needle is used for each donor and discarded afterwards.
- My blood isn't the right type. Every type of blood is needed daily to meet patient needs. If you have a common blood type, there are many patients who need it, so it is in high demand. If you have a less common blood type, there are fewer donors available to give it, so it is in short supply.
- I don't have any blood to spare. The average adult body has 4,700-5,700 ml of blood. Doctors say that healthy adults may give regularly because the body quickly replaces the blood you donate.
- I don't want to feel weak afterward. Donating blood should not affect adversely a healthy adult because your body has plenty of blood. You will donate 450 ml, and your body, which constantly makes new blood, will replace the donated volume within 24 hours. Most people continue their usual activities after donating.
- They won't want my blood (I am too old / I've had an illness). If you have doubts, check with your physician. The qualified staff on duty at a blood drive or donor center will also review your medical history with you. There is no upper age limit to donate blood with some blood banks, and a great many medical conditions do not prevent you from donating blood, or may have done so only temporarily in the past.
- I have a rare blood type, so I'll wait until there is a special need. Blood that is rare or special is almost always in short supply. There is a constant need for these blood types in order to avoid having to recruit specific blood types in a crisis.
"By donating blood, I can
serve my country in a very easy way."
serve my country in a very easy way."