TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The donations the Community Blood Center collects supports 72 northeast Kansas area hospitals.
The hospitals' need for up to 1,000 units of blood per day is what keeps the Community Blood Center returning to Topeka, and cities across Kansas, to collect donations from the public.
Sunday morning its mobile collection trailer stopped at Big Lots on 29th Street.
Collection Supervisor John Frassnacht said the drives depend on how much the hospitals need each day. He said hospitals use typically 500 to 1,000 units of blood per day.
The biggest need is O- blood, because it is universal, but it is also rare and hard to get.
Frassnacht and the team encourages everyone to stop by the trailer and donate blood because it only takes 45 minutes. The trailer will sometimes stop at businesses where people can take a little time out of their workday.
Frassnacht says that donating blood is healthy for the heart and thins out the blood, and the benefits are rewarding.
"The donors are the actual lifeblood of what we do. We have to have them otherwise we don't have units. You're saving somebody's life, actually two lives with a donation."
Community Blood Center will stop by in Valley Falls and Lebo on Tuesday, September 3.