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There's Always a Need



60 percent of the population is eligible to give blood,


yet only about 5 percent of eligible individuals actually do it.


Blood is perishable and has a limited shelf life.  There is always a need for donors of all blood types. 
  • At Baystate medical Center, over 3,000 patients receive more than 29,000 transfusions of blood products each year. 
  • Nationwide, every minute three gallons of donated blood are transfused to American patients, saving 4.5 million lives a year.
  • Because the blood supply depends on volunteer donors, shortages of blood are especially acute at holiday times:
    • When donors have other priorities.
    • There is greater need due to more road accidents.


When you give money, you give food, clothing and shelter,


but when you give blood, you give LIFE.