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There are many reasons why people decide to be blood donors. Some donors do it as a way to give back to their community. Other donors were recipients of blood during an emergency situation, so they pay it forward through donation. And some donors just want the cookies (hey – we don’t blame you!) Regardless of why you are a blood donor, we’re happy you are and we’re thankful for you. If you’re thinking about donating, here are ten reasons to consider making your first donation.

 

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Why donate?

You’ll be a hero.

With one whole blood donation, you support three lives. Donating double red blood cells, platelets, or plasma is equally important. Depending on the disease or illness, a patient needs blood, platelets, or plasma to survive. Donate and be a hero!

 

You can spare it.

There are about 10 pints of blood in the average adult body. Around 1 pint is given during donation. In healthy adults, the body is constantly making new red blood cells and the loss of a pint doesn’t cause harm. The body works to regenerate what was donated.

 

It’s a win-win.

When you take the time to donate blood, you’ll feel good about yourself, plus you’ll be helping others. Give yourself a pat on the back.

 

It doesn’t take long.

From beginning to end, donating blood takes about an hour. If you donate double red blood cells, platelets, or plasma, the process make take a little longer, but it is still just a few hours out of your day. In a short amount of time, you are helping save someone’s life.

 

So you can make someone else do your heavy lifting.

We recommend you take it easy after donating. That means you have our permission to make someone else carry your groceries, move your boxes, or do the laundry.

 

It’s the right thing to do.

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Approximately 38% of the national population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10% do. Plus, every 2 seconds, someone needs blood. That is why we are so thankful for our donors. So why should you donate? It’s an easy way for you to help someone (or multiple people). It’s simply the right thing to do.

 

You don’t have to be a celebrity to do it.

As long as you meet the FDA health requirements and pass the screening prior to your donation, you can donate. You don’t have to be a rock star, a movie star, or a politician. Anybody can do it!

 

You get cookies afterward.

After you donate, you get to hang out in our café or canteen area, relax and rest. That means juice and cookies! It may not seem like you do much when you donate, but you certainly deserve a treat.

 

Karma.

What goes around, comes around, right? You’re doing an amazing thing by donating blood. That can only mean something good is around the corner for you.

 

You’ll feel great!

Pat yourself on the back! Donating blood may not seem like a big deal, but you support up to 3 lives when you donate a pint of blood. Double Red Blood Cells are most needed by patients after significant blood loss through trauma, surgery, or anemia. Platelets help prevent uncontrolled bleeding and help patients with cancer, leukemia, and blood disorders. Plasma helps replace lost fluids and other blood products in burn victims, and more. Whatever you donate, it carries significant purpose. That’s something to feel good about!

 

 

Hear it from our donors!

Kristina Edgeworth gave birth to her first child in Dec. 2014 and then just moments later began suffering from postpartum hemorrhaging. Read how blood transfusions helped save her life HERE.

Kristina Edgeworth gave birth to her first child in Dec. 2014 and then just moments later began suffering from postpartum hemorrhaging. Read Kristina’s story.

George Arvanitis made his inaugural blood donation Jan. 2 at the community donor city in Crystal Lake.

George Arvanitis made his inaugural blood donation Jan. 2 at the community donor city in Crystal Lake. Read George’s story. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A blood donor since his high school days, Frankfort resident Keith Wilson has donated more than 45 pints of blood in the last 35 years. Keith said he will remain "committed" to donating blood because  "it's an easy way to help others." Read his story HERE

A blood donor since his high school days, Frankfort resident Keith Wilson has donated more than 45 pints of blood in the last 35 years. Read Keith’s story.

Lisa D'Angelo was one of the first 17 year olds to give blood in Illinois and she has remained committed to donating blood ever since. "I have no intentions of stopping," she said. Lisa is a regular at the Evanston donor center. Read her story HERE.

Lisa D’Angelo was one of the first 17 year olds to give blood in Illinois and she has remained committed to donating blood ever since. Read Lisa’s story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read more about the blood donation process here. Learn more about the different types of donation here and if you’re ready to make an appointment, click here.