Giving Back with Blood DonationsLee Health in the Community
When you learn, teach. When you get, give. – Maya Angelo
Many of us are feeling inspired to set resolutions and find a way to make 2021 a better year.
So why not start this year on a high note by giving a lifesaving gift that money can’t buy? Lee Health is asking our community members to consider donating blood.
January is National Blood Donor Month. Our area’s blood donations have lagged during the pandemic and our blood supply is dangerously low.
“The pandemic has created big demand for blood donations in Southwest Florida,” says Jeremy Puckett, blood supervisor with Lee Health. “Our blood collections are low because the number of people visiting our area is down. Or seasonal residents and tourists have always gifted us with blood donations, but the numbers just aren’t there this year.”
Why Should You Give?
- 1 donation can potentially save up to 3 lives.
- Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.
- Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
A blood donation with the Lee Health Blood Center will help save the lives of children and adults right here in SWFL.
“Donations can be separated into its different components. The platelets may go to a child with leukemia, the plasma to a patient with a clotting problem, and the red blood cells to an accident victim,” Puckett explains. “The entire life-saving process takes about 45 minutes. The actual donation times is only 5-10 minutes.”
Because the blood used for patient care has to be continuously replenished to maintain a constant blood supply, Lee Health Blood Centers need a total of 800 donors a week.
Thank you to our community partners who have generously hosted blood drives! If you are interested in having the blood mobile come to your community, church or organization, please call the Lee Health Blood Center to schedule at 239-343-2333 or email Shannon.Flory@LeeHealth.org.
To donate blood, you must:
- Weigh at least 115 pounds
- Be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent
- Provide photo ID, if you’re a new donor
Learn more about our blood services and find a blood drive near you at our special Lee Health Blood Services Page.