COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As the Red Cross in Central Ohio deals with a ‘critically low blood supply,’ NBC4 is teaming up with WNCI for our annual blood give-in.
NBC4’s Tony Mirones caught up with three people who donated blood Thursday and asked their reasons for giving.
Blood donor Lisa Colosimo is a life-long donor. She said she heard about today’s blood drive and felt she had to give.
Ryan Fruner came to the blood drive because his mother suggested it. He says he wants to help others.
Naveed Khokhar says he gives regularly because he is able to see where and when his donation makes a difference.
You can hear more from all three donors in the video at the top of the story.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are more than 14.6 million blood transfusions annually in the United States. The break down looks like this:
Donors – 9.5 million
Recipients – 4.6 million
Transfusions – 14.6 million
Why donate? According to the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, someone needs blood every two seconds and 38,000 pints are needed daily. Considering the numbers from the CDC, just above 10 percent of the population donates. That leaves another 28% of the U. S. who could donate.