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Community Blood Center Facts

  • April 1, 2018 - Community Blood Center and New York Blood Center Merge as One Organization
  • Community Blood Center needs 500 donors each day to meet area hospitals' needs.
  • Community Blood Center collected approximately 13,000 units of blood in its first year of operation, 1958.
  • Community Blood Center has collected nearly 2,000,000 pints of blood since opening in 1958.
  • Community Blood Center sends out almost 3,600 units of blood components each week to treat patients in nearly 60 area hospitals.
  • Since opening in 1958, over 800,000 people have received blood donated at Community Blood Centers.
  • By just making one donation, you can help as many as two patients. Your blood can be divided into blood components - plasma and red cells.
  • The Community Blood Center relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the community’s blood needs.
  • Blood products have a limited shelf life.
    • Red blood cells only last 42 days
    • Platelets only last 5 days
    • Plasma may be frozen and stored for 1 year.