Did you know that every
2 seconds 1 person
in America needs blood.

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Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.

Donating blood in the noblest deed one can opt for on the earth because donating blood saves lives. Every minute someone needs blood that can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. Just imagine you are saving life of a human being! All the other gifts are bought with the force of money but this gift comes out of only feeling! There is no substitute for your donation and when you make a blood donation, you join a very select group becoming more humanitarian. For those who are in need of blood this acts like a life saving liquid.

A blood donation is usually committed by persons after series of tests defining that one is healthy and 18-60 years old. That blood is then made into medications by a process called fractionation or used for transfusions. There are some tests to be made before donating the blood but first and foremost is the will, and concern for the fellow beings. Potential donors are evaluated for anything that might make their blood unsafe to use. The screening includes testing for diseases that can be transmitted by a blood transfusion, including HIV and viral hepatitis. The donor is also asked about medical history and given a short physical examination to make sure that the donation is not hazardous to his or her health. After the tests are cleared one could donate blood according to the doctor's advice.

In the developed world, most blood donors are unpaid volunteers who give blood for a community supply. In poorer countries, established supplies are limited and donors usually give blood when family or friends need a transfusion. Many donors donate as an act of charity, but some are paid and in some cases there are incentives other than money such as paid time off from work. A donor can also have blood drawn for their own future use. Donating is relatively safe, but some donors have bruising where the needle is inserted or may feel faint.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The honor, spirit and resources of the American people come forth with neighbors helping neighbors in need — during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms — and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood. We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected.

ARC is also supported by various sponsors that provide medical equipment, transportation means like cars, helicopters, boats and others. Money donations have always played a crucial role in organization's performance. The Red Cross headquarters direct those sums for buying stuff, needed for collecting, keeping and transportation of blood, like special fridges, blood tanks and fuel for their vehicles as automobiles allow them to safe lots of human souls. Peoples' kindness does not have limits, and only your desire to help may unite our society, where everybody will take care for people that surround him.

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