Things You May Not Have Known About Giving Blood

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  1. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives
  2. Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion
  3. 5 million patients in the U.S. need blood everyday
  4. Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood
  5. Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only come from volunteer donors
  6. Platelets, critical for cancer patients, have a shelf life of 5 days
  7. Adults have about 10 pints of blood in their body. One pint is given during a blood donation
  8. The Red Cross hosts more than 200K blood drives every year