Save a life: be a blood donor


In this article:

  • More than 118 million blood donations are collected every year worldwide. June 14, World Blood Donor Day, honors those willing to roll up their sleeves to save a life.

  • The United States continues to face a critical shortage of blood supply, which began at the start of the pandemic.

  • Donating blood only takes about 15 minutes and can save up to three lives.

  • Get inspired to donate blood by learning the facts.

Did you know that with one blood donation, three lives could be saved? It’s no wonder, then, that every year on June 14, we take the time to celebrate those who donate blood with World Blood Donor Day. Blood banks are still facing critical shortages, so blood donors are needed more than ever.

Donating blood is safe and most adults can help. Here are some fascinating facts about blood donation that might inspire you to overcome any hesitation or qualms about rolling up your sleeves to donate blood.

  • In the United States, a person needs blood or blood products every two seconds.
  • 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States
  • A victim of a car accident may need 100 units of blood
  • 37% of the US population is eligible to donate blood, but only 10% do so each year
  • Red blood cells can usually only be stored for 42 days
  • Platelets can only be kept for five days
  • Frozen plasma can be stored for one year

(Source: American Red Cross and Community blood center)

What to expect

Knowing what to expect when donating blood can help ease any fears you may have. For example, did you know that it only takes about 15 minutes to donate blood? It’s 15 minutes of your time that can help save someone’s life (or several).

Check out these great resources to learn more about donating blood.

Giving blood: the facts

How blood donations help patients

Frequently asked questions about blood donation

Motivate yourself!

Regular blood donors will tell you how easy and rewarding it is to donate blood. Check out these articles to seal the deal on planning that first gift.

What to do before, during and after blood donation

Do you have 15 minutes? Save three lives.

Advice for new donors

Give blood regularly

Know the eligibility conditions

Ready to donate blood? Great! Now just make sure you are eligible. You can also check with the local blood center in your community. They can help explain requirements and share updates, including whether certain guidelines have been waived.

Requirements by donation type

Special considerations for blood donation

5 Surprising Reasons Why You Can’t Donate Blood

Find a collection near you

When you’re ready to roll, the next step is to find a location near you. Several campaigns are held throughout the year at your community center or local church. You may also be able to find a mobile or on-site blood donation site at your local Providence hospital or clinic.

Find a collection near you

Find a doctor

If you need to find a doctor, you can use our provider directory. Through Providence Express Care Virtual, you can also access a full range of healthcare services.

Download the Providence app

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Related Resources

Get the facts about donating blood and save a life

What to do before, during and after blood donation

Do you have 15 minutes? Save three lives.

Advice for new donors

Give blood regularly

This information is not intended to replace professional medical care. Always follow the instructions of your healthcare professional.

Lance B. Holton