At St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School students, faculty members and community members donated a pint of themselves to save another’s life.

Giving blood can take anywhere from one to three hours, but the time commitment can save up to three lives.

With summer just weeks away, more and more people will be on the roads, meaning accidents could increase–and so could the need for blood.

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion, and with less than 38 percent of people being able to donate, it’s important that those who can give blood do.

Kaylee Snodgrass is a senior at St. Anne Pacelli. She says blood drives like Friday’s spread awareness to the need for donations.

“I think it just makes awareness for the fact that there is a need for blood from transfusions and that kind of thing due to the natural disasters, and people need to know about that,” she says.

The next Red Cross blood drive is May 16th at the John P. Thayer YMCA, but you don’t have to wait until then to donate. You can always go to your local Red Cross donation center Monday through Saturday to give blood.

To find out where the nearest donation center is and to stay up to date with the latest information on blood drives near you, visit the American Red Cross’s website.