10 Facts on Why You Should Donate:

  1. 1 in 3 of us will either use blood or know someone who will need it in our lifetime. 
  2. 37% of the population is eligible to donate and only 5% actually take the time to do it. 
  3. The San Diego Blood Bank is the primary supplier of blood in most hospitals here in San Diego including all of the Sharp Healthcare Hospitals, Rady Children’s Hospital and Kaiser Permanente.
  4. Supporting your local San Diego Blood Bank ensures that local patients in our community or loved ones of your own will have the blood supply needed for treatment. 
  5. Giving Blood is SAFE and EASY, and it SAVES LIVES!
  6. More than 350 blood components are needed every day to keep up hospital supply.
  7. The actual blood donation takes less than 10 minutes; the entire process takes about an hour.
  8. The average adult male has 12 pints of blood and a woman has 10. We collect 1 pint of blood (unless the donor is giving double red cells) and your body starts regenerating it right away.
  9. 1 out of every 7 people entering a hospital needs blood. We provide Rady Children’s Hospital more than 700  components of blood a month, that’s more than 8,500 blood components a year for just ONE hospital.
  10. You can donate whole blood every 56 days and donors must be 16 years old (with a parental consent) and weigh at least 114 pounds.