Donating blood is a simple, yet powerful and genuinely selfless way to impact the community—and save lives. In this and other ways, PCL supports the communities in which it operates.
A TRADITION PICKING UP SPEED
One of many PCL employees donating during a blood drive.
The PCL Seattle Buildings district hosted its 13th blood drive in November of 2012. About 30 PCL employees, nine of them first-time givers, donated 28 units of blood, each equal to about a pint. This much blood could directly benefit upwards of 80 individuals.
Mike Fallon, PCL Seattle’s health, safety and environment manager has organized every blood drive in Seattle since he joined the company in 2008, and made a personal cause of this altruistic form of charitable giving. Fallon has given over 23 gallons of blood throughout his lifetime—an amount that takes the average donor 29 years.
“Blood donation is unique because you have no sense of control over who benefits from your donation,” said Fallon. “The only certainty in the donation is an assurance that you are directly helping somebody, or even saving their life.”
Since 2009, the PCL office in Seattle has collected 350 pints of blood, benefiting upwards of 1,050 people in local communities.
A CONSTANT NEED FOR DONATIONS
The need for blood donations in the United States continues to grow. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds somebody in the US is in need of a blood transfusion. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in their body and, during a donation, roughly one pint of blood is extracted. A single donation can save the lives of up to three people.