WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: Meghan Perez-Acosta, Director of Operation of Rep. Frank LoBiondo's office, donates blood during a blood drive June 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, INOVA Blood Services and the American Red Cross held a blood drive in support of Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others wounded in last Wednesday's Alexandria shooting. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Tomorrow is the annual Pre-4th Blood Drive, and you can help save a life!

If you’re unsure about donating blood, here are some facts on the importance of it.

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Nearly 21 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.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 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.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. 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.

(All facts via American Red Cross)

Head on over to the parking lot of On The Border in Glensford Commons between 11am-6pm tomorrow for the Gave In America Blood Drive hosted by the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center. WKML will be hanging out there 2-4pm, and we’d love to see you there!