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2010-01-14 / General Stories

Lexington Community Blood Drive

Not everyone can donate blood. Currently only three out of every 100 people in America do, and those who donate can only do so every 56 days. Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood, the Red Cross needs not only its faithful donors of the past but new contributors as well.

Please consider yourself invited to donate and become a lifelong hero. One donation may well help save the lives of three individuals – an accident victim a cancer survivor, or one who might be scheduled to spend part of his or her fall recovering from an operation, transplant or a procedure requiring transfusions.

Locally, individuals can donate at the Red Cross blood drives held periodically in Lexington. Watch for the announcements. The process, from check-in to the postdonation visit to the canteen, is usually just about an hour’s time. Your time is more valuable than you know – the hour you give may give some one extra days, months or years.

For appointment or information to donate contact 1- 800-Give-Life (448-3543). Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health the day they donate. There is no upper age limit on donating.

How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1- 800-448-3543) or visit bloodisneeded.org to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, weight and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit bloodisneeded.org to learn more.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant.

Give blood.™

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