American Red Cross Urges Community To Donate Blood

Of the 2,250 hours of summer, countless are spent vacationing, gardening or just enjoying time in the sun. By setting aside just one of those hours to donate blood through the American Red Cross, you can help save the lives of up to three people and give them the gift of summertime, too.

“We’re asking you to set aside one hour of your summer to give blood and help those in need,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the United State.  We need everyone who is eligible to donate to make an appointment to give.”

The need for blood often increases during the summer when vacation travel and activities increase the chance of serious accidents which may require lifesaving or sustaining care.  At the same time, the blood supply can dwindle as donors become busy with summertime fun and overlook giving blood.

While all blood types are needed, Type O is in highest demand because it’s the only type that be transfused to patients in other blood groups such as A, B and AB.  Hospitals also use Type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.

The Red Cross is encouraging Type O donors to schedule and keep appointments, or to optimize their donation by making a double red cell donation.  Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate two units of red cells through the automated donation process.

“Depending on your schedule, a double red cell donation may be ideal for you since you can give twice as much in just one visit,” said Whitman.  “Whatever your blood type, however you give, someone needs you.”

UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
•        Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Ck Tech, located at 1701 Magda Drive in Montpelier.
•        Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at The Enrichment Center in the Board Room, located at 11246 SR 15 in Montpelier.
•        Friday, Aug. 23, from noon until 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Area Chamber of Commerce in the Community Room, located at 100 N. Elm St. in Pioneer.
•        Thursday, Aug. 29, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Edgerton Fire Department, located at 108 E. Indiana St. in Edgerton.

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