Blood Program


  • Healthy volunteer donors contribute 98% of blood and blood products transfuse in the United States
  • Donors cannot contract AIDS by donating blood.
  • Volunteer blood donors contribute between 11 and 12 donations of blood resulting in the availability of nearly 15 million components for transfusion annually.
  • Each day, 15,000 donors are needed to meet the ongoing need for blood nad components.
  • Tghe number of donors volunteering to commit 2-3 hours to donate platlets by spheresis is increasing steadily.
  • Many lives have been saved by blood voluntarily donated by caring individuals.
  • appoximately 40% of the population are medically eligible to be donors, however, less than 10% are the "quite heroes and heroines" that provide the blood needed for the entire population.
  • Blood donors come from all walks of life. The are people just like you.
  • Teenage donations have increased rapidly in the past ten years, due to state legislation lowering the age requirement to 17 years.
  • Thousands of blood donors discuss with their families their desire to be an organ and tissue donor.

    Persons interested in donating blood should contact their community blood center or hospital blood bank, or talk to their doctor.

    Slightly over 200 community blood centers thoughout the US collect 85% of all voluntarily donated blood. The widespread use of mobile donor untis helps make donating blood simple and convenient. The country's several thousand hospitals are a major factor in the blood  service system in terms of blood transf usions, but their importance in collectging blood has been decreasing over the past several years. The American Legion sponsors blood donations at the VAMC in Minneapolis, and other blood banks in association with the Red Cross. Blood is life, pass it on.