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November 7, 2017

Why giving blood gives back

Have you always wanted to help others but have a busy schedule? What if you could help many people at once and even save lives by only taking an hour out of your day? You can do it by donating blood! The average donation takes only 10-12 minutes, making it quick and easy for those short on time.

Giving blood is an excellent way to help others in need, and everyone can help in some way. 38% of all Americans are eligible to donate blood, sadly however, less than 10% of the eligible actually donate. Blood donations are constantly needed for hospital patients; every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Hospitals need type O blood most of all. Just one car accident victim might need as many as 100 pints of blood. One donation can help many patients and Power Red donations help even more patients (more details on Power Red donations down below).

People of all blood types can donate.

  • O- blood is the universal blood type, which means it can be given to patients of all blood types.
  • O+ blood is the most common and can be donated to anyone who is Rh+ which includes A+, B+, AB+ and O+ blood types.
  • A- blood can be given to patients who are types A-, A+, AB+ and AB-.
  • B- blood can be donated to patients who are B+, B-, AB+ and AB- blood types.

You don’t have to be afraid of donating blood. Donations are only 1 pint of blood and the average human body has 10 pints. The whole process from walking in to walking out takes a little over an hour.

Power Red is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow donation of two units of red blood cells during one sitting while returning your plasma and platelets to you. Power Red donations only take an extra 20-30 minutes, but your donation will have to ability to help more patients. Another benefit of Power Red donation is that smaller needles are used during the donation process. Donors also report feeling even better after a Power Red donation in comparison with a normal blood donation because of the increased hydration during the donation process. 

The next opportunity for you to give blood here on Geneva’s campus will be on Thursday, November 16 with the Red Cross. What a great way to say “Thanks” by giving life to others through your blood donation this Thanksgiving season.

For more information on giving blood, Power Red donations, donation requirements or hosting your own blood drive, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/.

Geneva College equips students through education how to serve God and neighbor by meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs. If interested in becoming a part of the Geneva community, contact Admissions – 800.847.8255 or admissions@geneva.edu.

-Jocelyn Englehart ‘18