As a grassroots, education organization the Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan (RWFM) strives to make a difference in communities across our state. We are challenging our clubs across the state to get their members involved with the RWFM SleevesUp Campaign by donating blood over the next 30 days.
General Blood Info
Blood makes up about 7% of your body’s weight.
A newborn baby has about one cup (8 ounces) of blood in his or her body.
There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O. AB is the “universal recipient” and O negative is the “universal donor”.
Shortages of all types of blood donations most often occur during summer and winter holidays.
Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
The Need for Blood
More than 4.5 million patients need life-saving blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada
43,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood
On average, one out of every 7 people entering the hospital will need blood.
Blood banks often run short of type O and B blood.
The average red-cell transfusion amounts to 2.7 pints.