Annual Blood Drive Held by Concord Interact Club

Concord’s Interact Club throughout this week (March 14-18) will be taking sign ups for the annual Blood Drive throughout this week, Mar. 14-18, being held here at Concord this April. Sign ups will be held at all four lunches for the entire week. You must be 17 years of age or older at the time of the blood drive to be eligible to participate.

Here are some blood facts, according to the American Red Cross:

  • The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others."

  • 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 to save more than 1000 lives!

  • If there are 100 people in a room, 46 will have type O blood, 40 will have type A, 10 will have type B and four will have type AB.

  • Only 9 percent of people in the U.S. have type O negative blood. Type O negative donors are universal red cell donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.

    • Type O negative blood is needed in emergencies when the patient's blood type is not known and is also used for newborns who need blood.

  • Forty-eight percent of people in the U.S. have type O (positive or negative) blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics (57 percent) and among African Americans (51 percent)

  • Only three percent of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood type. AB positive type blood donors are universal donors of plasma, which is often used in emergencies, for newborns, and for patients requiring massive transfusions.

Here is how the process works according to the American Red Cross:

  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and is then discarded.

  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation, and refreshments.

  • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, which checks the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.

  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about one hour and 15 minutes.

  • The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.

    • Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.