UW Combined Fund Drive

January 1, 2022

January is National Blood Donor Month

UWCFD staff donate blood at a Bloodworks popup in the UW Tower

While approximately 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% do – and the need is especially great in wintertime.

In fact, the American Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Holiday schedules, bad weather, seasonal illnesses, and of course the global Covid-19 pandemic have brought the national blood supply dangerously low.

Blood donations, including platelets and plasma, save lives and improve the health of millions of people worldwide.

Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma (World Health Organization)

Blood Facts

  • Someone needs blood every few seconds in the United States, and more than 4.5 million Americans would die every year without lifesaving blood transfusions.
  • The American Red Cross needs 13,000 blood donations every single day to maintain an appropriate blood supply.
  • The American Journal of Epidemiology reports that blood donors are 88 percent less likely to have a heart attack.
  • People who begin donating blood at age 17 and donate every eight weeks will have donated 48 gallons of blood by age 76.
  • Your dog can donate blood, too. Check with your veterinarian and the Humane Society to make sure you know the local rules and regulations for this type of donation.
  • Every time we donate one pint of blood, the potential is there to save three lives.

You may still donate blood, platelets or plasma after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Knowing the name of the manufacturer (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, etc.) of the vaccine is important in determining your blood donation eligibility. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and blood donation, click here.

How You Can Help: Donate Blood, Money, or Time

These nonprofit organizations are CFD members to whom you can donate directly through payroll deduction. Consider a monthly gift in addition to a regular blood donation:

The American Red Cross (charity code 0337346): a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors.

Schedule a donation appointment with The American Red Cross

Bloodworks Northwest (charity code 0316056): is an independent, community-based, nonprofit organization providing blood services to over 90 hospitals and conducting groundbreaking research in blood storage, transfusion, and hemophilia care.

Bloodworks is hosting multiple popup donation drives at the UW Tower and the business school in January.

Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest (charity code 1481726): raises funds and invests in health care education, technology and research grants in support of your regional community and Inland Northwest Blood Center.

Cascade Regional Blood Services (charity code 1481206): is the link between volunteer blood donors and life-saving blood transfusions.