Did you know that the Chicago Area Blood Banks are at an almost all time low? Yeah its true and we need your help in raising awareness and getting people to donate asap. Check this stat out “Less Than 5 Percent Of Eligible Blood Donors Donate,” as Bill Rancic from the Donald Trump The Apprentice would say, “This is a no-brainer!”
I found this article from the SunTimes today, this is for real folks. I’m calling a blood donation center right after I finish typing this.
Here is the link we have for Chicago Area Blood Banks.
The summer months can get pretty lean for blood banks.
Unless there is a widespread disaster, which often brings benevolence to the front of people’s minds, most people are busy with vacations and graduation parties or are out of school and not thinking of donating.
“I don’t know if there’s ever necessarily a surplus of blood. The need is pretty much constant,” said Ammie Tabone, public relations director for Heartland Blood Centers, based in Aurora.
Heartland, which provides blood for 35 hospitals in 12 counties, collects more than 160,000 donated units of blood each year.
The American Association of Blood Banks estimates eight million people volunteer annually to donate blood. Although 60% of the national population is eligible, less than 5% donate.
About 26% of Heartland’s donors are high school and college students who give at mobile blood collections.
“In the summer, donations from students drop off because they’re not in school,” Tabone said. “Right now the blood supply is in need of all negative blood types.”
Those types are not as prevalent, and some, such as B negative, are in great demand. People with O negative blood are called universal donors because they can give to any blood type, while people with type AB blood are considered universal recipients because they can accept any blood type.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
Chicago’s largest blood bank says its supply of Oh-negative, A-negative and B-negative blood is critically low.
Life-Source says it’s down to only a one-day supply of Oh-negative, and that could get used up if there’s a major trauma.