Uncle Sam Needs You! To Donate Your Blood

Uncle Sam Needs You! To Donate Your Blood

Giving blood to people who desperately need it is an essential part of modern medicine. The first documented vascular transfusion came in 1667 when a doctor in the court of King Louis XIV transfused the blood of a sheep into a 15-year-old boy. Believe it or not, the boy survived. And the first human-to-human transfusion happened in 1818 when 12 to 14 ounces of a donor’s blood was injected into a person with massive internal injuries. That patient initially rallied, but eventually succumbed to the injuries. Since then, the process has become very safe and streamlined.

Today in the US, nearly 21 million portions of blood components—either whole blood, red blood cells, plasma, cyroprecipitate or platelets—are transfused every year. Unfortunately, there are times when life-saving blood is in short supply; like right now.

So, if you have never donated blood, now’s the time. It is safe, fast and comes without negative repercussions. Some notes:

  • You will be interviewed to see if there is any reason you are not a viable candidate, so let the folks screen you.
  • You cannot contract a disease giving blood to the Red Cross—all needles and procedures are sterile.
  • You can spare the blood—your body quickly replenishes what’s taken.
  • You’re allowed to donate five times a year!

Interested? Search by zip code at to find your local donation site.

Donate today and save a life tomorrow.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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