Donating your blood is the simplest way to help save another life with minimal time and effort. If everyone spent that 45 minutes to an hour twice a year donating their blood, we can make a substantial difference in the blood supply in the US.
Just one pint of blood can help several people by separating it into 4 different essential elements. Every 3 seconds, someone needs blood, but only 3% of America donates. 4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood transfusions. The need is high!!!
Almost anyone can donate blood! You must be healthy, over 110lbs and over 17 years old. And the best way to approach donation is to go with a friend. Not only are you alone in the process, but you have just added to the supply of blood for others!
Best of all, you can earn points for donating, just like a credit card! United Blood services offer a rewards system to help you earn thank you gifts with the Hero In Me program. Visit their website for more information on the rewards program, locations near you and more information on blood donation: http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/
Along with the United Blood Services, the Red Cross also had a search engine for donating: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation