He never looks as the needle goes in.
Even though he’s done this more than 400 times, Harold Mendenhall still doesn’t like to watch it sliding into the raised vein on the inside of his left arm.
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WHY GIVE BLOOD?
One pint of blood can save three lives.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.
One in three of us will need a transfusion someday.
While 39 percent of Americans could give blood, only 5 percent do.
The most needed blood type: O negative, known as the universal donor.
Why give platelets? One pint of platelets is the equivalent five pints of whole blood. Platelets are critical for patients with blood cancers such as leukemia.
WHERE TO GIVE BLOOD
Go to www.oneblood.org, and enter your Zip code to find a blood center.
HOW MUCH BLOOD IS 100 GALLONS?
- It would fill the top shelves of 10 refrigerators.
- It could fill the gas tanks of eight Honda Civics.
- It’s the equivalent of 800 pint-sized coffee creamer containers.