25 Gallons of Blood

I‘ve set a goal to donate 25 gallons of blood in my life. That is not a lot, considering you can donate every 56 days. I fear my constant traveling (whether Africa, Thailand or SK which contain malaria risk zones) keeps me from my donating abilities. Let’s see what the next couple of years bring.

Quick Facts:

  • 1 pint saves up to 3 people
  • 17% of non-donors cite “never thought about it” as the main reason for not giving, while 15 percent say they’re too busy.
  • Blood centers often run short of types O and B red blood cells.
  • If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.
  • 46.5 gallons: amount of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days until you reach 79 years old.
  • Foreigners living in Korea must wait 1 year to be allowed to give. They must also understand enough Korean to be able to pass the questionnaire. Foreigners must also have their Alien Registration Card to donate.
  • The Red Cross in Korea does not accept donations from people who have spent five years in European countries where mad cow disease has been reported, which was most, from 1980 to the present. As well as those who have spent one month or more in the U.K. from 1980 to 1996 or three months or more in the U.K. from 1997 to the present.
  • For more blood facts, please visit this site.

New York Blood Center:   1.25 Gallons

New Jersey Blood Center: ?

Red Cross: ?

2 thoughts on “25 Gallons of Blood

  1. I think this is one of the most admirable things Ive ever seen. I had to have a blood transfusion 3 years ago and could have died if the hospital did not have the blood to give me. Sadly having a transfusion means I will never be able to donate blood but I am thankful to those who do!

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