Community Blood Center Facts

  • Community Blood Center needs 580 donors each day to meet area hospitals' needs.

  • Community Blood Center collected approximately 13,000 units of blood in its first year of operation, 1958.

  • Community Blood Center has collected nearly 2,000,000 pints of blood since opening in 1958.

  • Community Blood Center sends out almost 3,600 units of blood components each week to treat patients in over 70 area hospitals.

  • Since opening in 1958, over 800,000 people have received blood donated at Community Blood Centers.

  • By just making one donation, you can help as many as two patients. Your blood can be divided into blood components - plasma and red cells.

  • The Community Blood Center relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the community’s blood needs.

  • Blood products have a limited shelf life.

    • Red blood cells only last 42 days

    • Platelets only last 5 days

    • Plasma may be frozen and stored for 1 year.