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  Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.  Blood can be given every 56 days, or every eight weeks. Plasma can be given every four weeks. Platelets can be given 24 times a year.  People who have spent a total of six months or more in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996 are not eligible to donate blood.  America's Blood Centers collect blood only from volunteer blood donors.  Roughly 60% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Yet, only 5% of the population actually do.
     
"It feels good after you give blood.  "
 
"If you donate blood one time, it helps three people.  So it feels good to know you're helping out.  The coolest part is the satisfaction you get knowing you've helped people - and the cookies aren't bad either."
 
"It doesn't hurt - just a little pinch - that's all.  It's easy."
 
"I've always been terrified of having blood drawn and so I wanted to prove to myself I could do it.   And it's going well.  This is something you can do quickly and it really helps people" 
 
"I first donated blood in high school and now 33 years later I've think I've given somewhere between 5 and 7 gallons of blood.  "
 
"It didn't hurt at all and they gave us free snacks. "
 
 

It's such an easy thing to do. I mean, it's not painful. It doesn't take a long time. It's not a big sacrifice. At the same time, it can help a lot of people.
— high school student
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