High schools and colleges account for over 20% of the blood supply in our region. Please give blood this summer to help meet the needs of local patients. Come donate on August 8 at the United Methodist Church in Kent and receive a FREE Cedar Point ticket, while supplies last! Appointments required. CLICK HERE to make your appointment today! (You will also see other dates and locations for donation opportunities.
United Methodist Church of Kent
1435 E. Main St
Kent, OH 44240
1 – 7 pm
Interesting Facts About Donors
- The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.”
- Two most common reasons cited by people who don’t give blood are: “Never thought about it” and “I don’t like needles.”
- 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 save more than 1,000 lives!
- Half of Red Cross donors male, and half are female.
- The American Red Cross accepts blood donations only from volunteer donors.
- Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 19 percent donate occasionally, 31 percent are first-time donors, and 50 percent are regular, loyal donors.
- Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have O-negative blood type. O-negative blood type donors are universal donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
- Type O-negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.
- Forty-five 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 3 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.
Supporting our men and women in uniform, from Dave:
“My first donation was when I was 18 and in the Air Force, in 1967. I gave every once in a while until August 1970, when I received orders for Vietnam. After I returned to the states in 1971, I had to wait the 3 years for the malaria threat. Then, in earnest, I restarted donating about 4 to 5times a year. When you see men dying from wounds because there wasn’t enough blood to keep them alive, you have a whole new meaning for donating. It is now 2014 and I just donated pint number 99. If for no other reason, I think about our military men and women who continue to put their lives in harms way for our freedom. So the least I can do is help preserve their lives, should they become wounded! God Bless our troops and God bless the American Red Cross in all they do!!!”