github blood drive

GitHub believes in giving back to the community. We sponsor conferences, help run hackathons, host charity events, and now, we’re trying something new. On October 8th, 2013, in conjunction with our new GitHub for Good program, we will be holding our first-ever blood drive!

Join us in giving the gift of blood at a mobile collection unit coming to SOMA. In addition to knowing that you’ve made a huge difference in someone’s life, as a thank you we will be offering tours of our cool new digs as you sip on your recovery glass of OJ. We’ll also have a few other surprise goodies for all successful donors. You can sign up here using sponsor code GITHUB to find our specific event. The facts:

When: Tuesday, Oct 8th 11:00a to 5:00p
Where: GitHub HQ

Please note: You must sign up in advance to participate!

A few reasons to give blood:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
  • 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.
  • More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting the American Red Cross and those in need of blood.