Suburban Collection Six Annual Blood Drive a Big Success!

On Feb. 11, Suburban Collection hosted its Sixth Annual Blood Drive at several of its locations throughout Michigan. We attracted 190 people, which translates to approximately 570 lives saved! We're so grateful to all of you who stopped by to help out with this selfless procedure.
According to the Red Cross, when you donate blood, you only give one small pint of the 10 your body has. But that pint can save up to three lives. Every unit received goes through processing, testing, storage and distribution. As it's tested, lab techs determine whether the blood is type O, A, B or AB. Then it's classified as either Rh positive or Rh negative. You can't receive just any blood. What goes into a body must be properly matched; however, type O-negative can be given to patients of all blood types.
Donated blood is also tested for a variety of infectious diseases to ensure that every transfusion is safe. If tests determine a problem with blood you've donated, the Red Cross will contact you. So if you don't hear anything, you have great blood!
Some interesting blood facts:
  • Red Cross blood donors are evenly divided between males and females.
  • Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood-which means more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every single day.
  • If you need a transfusion of red blood cells, you typically need three pints. That compares to the one you provide when you donate.
  • Many cancer patients-1 million new ones are diagnosed each year-often need blood daily during chemotherapy.
  • A car accident victim may need as much as 100 pints of blood.
  • 9.5 million blood donors each year provide about 16 million donations.
  • Fewer than 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood.
  • Blood can't be manufactured in a lab. The only way to get it is through the generosity of donors.

Here's a life-affirming fact: If you started donating blood at age 17, and donated every 56 days until age 76, you would have parted with 48 gallons of your blood, helping to save the lives of more than 1,000 people.
If you donated on Feb. 11, you can offer your blood again in another 56 days. So mark your calendar for April 8!

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