Each year, Grant Union High School partners with Sacramento BloodSource and hosts two blood drives -- one in the fall and one in the early spring. Students, staff, and community come together to give the gift of life, and with each new drive, we collect more and more life-saving units of blood.
Blood Drive, February 12, 2010
While the need for blood continues to grow, the availability of donors continues to decrease. Today, fewer than four of every ten people in the U.S. are eligible, and fewer than one in ten actually donate.
- If there are 100 people in a room, 46 will have type O blood, 40 will have type A, 10 will have type B and four will have type AB
- Three teaspoons of blood can save a baby's life
- One donation has the potential to save as many as three lives
- If 50 people donate, they could provide enough blood to take care of victims of a major car accident
- If 20 people donate, they could help one burn victim
- Whole blood donors can give every eight weeks
- Today, fewer than four of every ten people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood. Fewer than one in ten actually donate
- Approximately one out of every seven people entering the hospital needs blood
- Plasma donors can give as often as every three days
- Blood lasts only 42 days
- Platelets last only five days
- Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States