While you’re out enjoying the summer sun and having some fun, don’t forget to share the gift of life with people in need.
The Red Cross is in a critical blood shortage and donors are needed. Your blood or platelet donation this July during Disaster Education Awareness Month can help build a blood supply strong enough to meet ongoing and emergency needs. Remember you can donate whole blood every 56 days.
I’ve been donating since I was a teenager. Donations take about 30 minutes. I especially like giving at the center on Market Street for the comfy donation loungers and the air conditioning!
You can book an appointment online at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org
Some statistics from the Red Cross:
Help save the day!
- One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood products.
- When disaster strikes, blood needs can be immense – and immediate.
- The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through it’s National Inventory Management System.
- All blood types are needed, but people with type O have a special gift to give.
O how we need you.
- Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
- Type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type—or about 8 out of 10 people
- Hospitals use type O negative blood in most emergencies when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
- About 40 percent of people have type O positive and 7 percent have type O negative.
More information on their flyer here: http://bit.ly/oSG9OR
So if please consider taking a short amount of time out of your summer day to help save a life!