Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.
Blood drives are a critical and powerful way to make a difference in the lives of others. Through each whole blood donation, this can save up to three lives. Manchester UMC offers on-site blood drives and here is more information about the next one:
Manchester UMC in partnership with the American Red Cross, held a blood drive to collect whole blood donations. The Red Cross has recently announced a Blood Crisis citing the worst blood shortage in over a decade.
On January 22, 2022, 52 participants heeded the urgent call for blood and made a donation to help continue the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross. The initial goal was 39 units; however, of the 52 participants, there were 49 productive units of blood collected! These donated units helped up to 147 hospital patients.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and ministry leaders, Nancy Helmer and Peg Foshee, and all those who donated blood during this critical time!
Why Give Blood?
Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.
- Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
- Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
- Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
- Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.7 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
To learn more about how to donate or join a planning team to help coordinate blood drives, email the Blood Drive Ministry Leader, Nancy Helmer.
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