The Benefits of Blood Donation
PUTTING OUR COMMUNITY FIRST
Every two seconds, someone in our nation needs blood. Here in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina that need - our need - is managed by The Blood Connection.
What began in 1962 as a volunteer effort by a group of area physicians, today is the largest non-profit, community blood center in our region. The Blood Connection serves more than 1.6 million people living in 8,390 continuous square miles in both Carolinas and in one county in Northeastern Georgia. As its service area has expanded, the organization has stayed true to its original mission of using local blood donations to meet local needs first.
The Blood Connection partners closely with all area hospitals to monitor demand and supplies of blood to ensure our region has the right blood products available in the right quantity at the right time. Only after partner hospitals' inventories are full does The Blood Connection share surpluses with other communities in need.
Sustained by Local support
Of course a secure blood supply takes a community effort. More than 500 donors a day are required to meet our region's needs. In addition to maintaining several fixed donation sites, The Blood Connection also has 13 bloodmobiles and partners with area churches, businesses, and organizations to sponsor blood drives. To sponsor a blood drive at your church or business; to see where the blood mobile will be next; or to find a fixed donation site near you, visit www.thebloodconnection.org.
None of us knows when we or someone we love will need blood. However, thanks to The Blood Connection, we do know a stable, safe, cost-effective blood supply will be available here in our region when we do need it.