Blood Donations: All you need to know

Facts about blood needs:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • A single pint of blood could save up to 3 lives!

Can I donate if I am sick?

  • No.  To donate you should be in good general health and feeling well. If you are currently taking medication due to an illness, please do not donate. 

How often can I donate?

  • You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood and 16 weeks (112 days) between double red cell donations.

Holiday Cards for Veterans

We will be making holiday cards for veterans for our November/December activity!

  • November 27th – December 1st
  • Every day during lunch in room B313

We will make cards with kind messages to show our gratitude for their service.

Over the last six years, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program has collected more than 6.5 million cards for our veterans, servicemen, and military families.

Summer Activities

Hey, Barons!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful last few last weeks of school. As the school year winds down and summer starts we want to share our Red Cross club summer plans.

If anyone is interested in finding opportunities to volunteer or give back to the community, feel free to give us an email or subscribe to our email list to receive information about possible events and opportunities.

Summer calls for a great time to volunteer and get those SSL hours in. Learn how you can get lifeguard, CPR or babysitting certified.

Additionally, we are looking to host a blood drive sometime throughout the summer. This will be open to the entire B-CC community held most likely at a local fire or rescue station. We will post more information about this soon once we get a confirmed location. But this is a great way to help out and volunteer even if you are unable to donate.

Stay tuned for more information!

-BCC Red Cross Club


Leaders Save Lives: High School Leadership Program

Join the High School Leadership Program and make a difference at your school and in your community by engaging today. Giving blood through the Red Cross is a true service and leadership activity. We are depending on you to be a leader, spread the word and help save lives.

This meaningful reward and recognition program is designed specifically for high school students who are interested in joining the Red Cross Family. Participation is easy – create a profile, log your activities and receive your rewards.

Send us an email at and let us know if you’re interested. We’ll help you get started and stay on track.

Check out the website and sign-up now!

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Getting Started

Welcome to the B-CC Red Cross Club website. Here you will find everything you need to know about this rewarding experience. This club was founded by juniors, Iana Sahadzic and Grace Feitel, as a way to expand their helping hand in the community. Join them and the club in events and meetings. Don’t forget to sign up for the blood drive in the spring and fall. Stay tuned for more events and news. Go barons, let’s save some lives!