SPRINGFIELD, MO (02/26/2018) - Donating blood to save a life. The Cherokee Middle School here in Springfield is holding their annual blood donation and they do it around this time year all for their principal’s son.

Born on February 14th, Bill Powers says because of an anonymous blood donor his, now, 9-year-old son is alive today. And wanting to get his school involved Powers set out to help others, just like his son.

“We’ll never know who made that donation but it’s people, like we have here today, who are just giving up an hour of their time that are making a difference in someone’s life forever," says Powers.

Because you have to be 16-years-old to donate blood Cherokee Middle schooler's dressed as blood droplets and made signs to do what they can to make a difference.

Powers says, "Knowing the impact that one donation can save up to 3 lives is just so powerful.” He explains his son lost two thirds of his blood when he was born. And knowing that his teachers staff and the students are willing to give and help makes him grateful.

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. For Powers and his family, he says they know what it’s like needing help. So they donate every chance they can.

"But in the end it results in life for someone that needs it," says Powers.

American Red Cross stats:

  • 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.