Donated blood is used in a number of circumstances in which a patient needs a blood transfusion. Examples of those who might need a transfusion include cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims, and premature babies. In some cases, patients may need daily transfusions. With these needs in mind, it is clear that there is a constant need for blood donors.
Fortunately, donating blood is an almost painless process. It usually takes about an hour from start to finish and includes answering some medical history questions, the donation itself (all you'll feel is a single needle prick), and a few minutes at the end to rest and eat a snack before leaving.
The following list will provide you with locations and opportunities to donate this life-saving gift. You may also be interested in learning more about organ donation, another gift of life.
For most Memphians, Lifeblood is probably the first name that comes to mind in regard to blood donation. It is the only full-service, non-profit donation center located in Memphis. They have six area branches to make donation convenient, as well as blood drives that take place in various locations across the Mid-South. Donors may schedule an appointment or walk in at any Lifeblood donation center.
The American Red Cross is the nationally known big name in blood donation but they do not maintain any full time donation centers in the Memphis area. However, they frequently host blood drives at a variety of locations across the Mid-South. You can find a list of upcoming drives at their website or you can schedule a donation by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is a leader in the treatment of childhood cancers. Because cancer patients and transplant recipients can require a lot of blood, St. Jude is in constant need of blood donors. In fact, they perform about 800 blood transfusions in a typical month. Fortunately, St. Jude makes it as easy as possible to donate with thoughtful amenities such as providing a blood donor parking area near an entrance and taking appointments for donations.
Some people choose to sell their blood or plasma to a blood bank in order to earn some extra cash. While I believe you should always donate your blood if possible, selling your blood is one way to make ends meet if times are tough. To learn more about selling your blood, check out these Memphis area blood banks. While there are many blood banks in the area, these are among the most prominent: