The need for blood is constant
The American Red Cross wants to remind everyone that the need for blood is constant. As spring begins, people start to make travel arrangements and participate in more outdoor activities. A slump in blood donations could quickly lead to a shortage. Many blood donors forget how much they are needed because they’re busy with spring-cleaning, yard work and seasonal events.
Of all things to do this spring, giving blood is one of the most gratifying. Donating blood is a rewarding act that many don’t think about doing. It’s a pint for you, but for another it could be a life saved. One blood donation could help save up to three lives!
Call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment.
Facts about donating blood:
· Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
· One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood
· A healthy person could be eligible to donate blood 330 times in his/her lifetime
· Blood cannot be manufactured — it can only come from generous donors
· American Red Cross, Western Lake Erie Region (WLER), needs to collect 300 units of blood every day to meet the needs of patients in 23 local hospitals.
All those who are eligible to donate are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and provide a valid photo ID upon donation.
If you would like more information about hosting a blood drive, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.