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Giving Blood > You.

Leroy Straight averages 20-24 visits per year to the Donor Center to give platelets.
Individuals share stories of how a Red Cross blood donation helped save their lives.

You might be scared of needles. You might not have the time. You could be unfamiliar with the process or not know where to donate. Maybe no one ever asked you to give. Whatever the case, there are lots of reasons that people don’t donate blood.

One thing is clear from stories compiled by the American Red Cross – the act of donating blood is greater than just you.

For starters, you might know that one pint of blood can help save up to three lives. But that’s still just a figure, and statistics aren’t always enough motivation to schedule a blood donation appointment.

Why would someone need blood? Often, we might think of horrific car accidents or other emergencies. Red Cross recipient-submitted videos and stories pull back the curtain on grateful blood recipients and help illuminate how exactly giving blood is greater than you.


  • Goldbach Ehmer twins: The Goldbach Ehmer twins were born 11 weeks premature and weighed only two pounds each. Their bodies were not able to produce red blood cells, so they needed transfusions. The twins were so small that it took just one pint of blood, over eight transfusions, to help save their lives. Larry, the twins’ father, tells us what this donation has meant to them.
  • Noelle Gardner: In June 1994, when she was 28 years old, Noelle hemorrhaged while giving birth to her son. Blood donations helped save her. Noelle and her family share what those blood donations mean to them.
  • The DeKing Family: Bill’s “love of his life,” Megan, gave birth to their daughter on May 24, 2005, in Franklin, Massachusetts. Due to complications, Megan needed 29 units of blood. Here they show us, in their own personal way, what that lifesaving donation has meant to their family.

  • Lindsay Crowder: Lindsay Crowder received blood transfusions to help save her life after she was diagnosed with leukemia, first at 2 years old and, then again when she relapsed at age 6. During her relapse she spent more than 130 nights in the hospital and received more than 100 transfusions of blood and platelets. The experience changed her whole family’s perspective and made them regular blood donors.
  • Terry Killman: In 2010, on their 25th wedding anniversary, Terry and his wife were told that Terry had leukemia. They had to start treatment within two days or face Terry not making it to their 26th. Blood donations helped Terry to be here today to tell his story.

  • Marquita Gaines: Marquita was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at birth. Every six weeks she receives red blood cell transfusions that help her feel pain-free. Here she tells what these life-changing donations mean to her.
  • Tashina Jordan: Tashina’s son, Mason, was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition in the fall of 2011. After brain surgery, Mason was in a coma for three weeks and needed blood. This is Tashina’s message of thanks to the donors who helped save her little son’s life.
  • Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. Find a Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center near you just by entering your zip code.

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    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.