Nationwide Title Clearing (NTC) held their summer blood drive on Friday, July 18, 2014. NTC employees donated a total of 55 pints which has the capacity to save 165 lives! One unit of blood can be broken down into four components - red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate - and typically two or three of these components are used, so each donation can save up to three lives. NTC is considered a model donation site because of the amount of blood received, the preparedness of the staff and the smoothness of the entire operation. Most employees at NTC find the experience to be a morale booster. Congratulations to NTC's Community Relations Director Janice Rush - her most recent pint donation brought her to a milestone of giving a gallon of blood! If you would like the opportunity to help someone in need by donating blood, please click here.
Some interesting facts about blood donations:
- Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed daily.
- The need for blood is so constant that donated blood is often transfused within three days of your donation.
- More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. 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.
- People donate blood out of a sense of duty and community spirit, not to make money. They are not paid for their donation.
- Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.
- Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.