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2010-02-25 / Community News

Lexington Community Blood Drive

(Lexington, TX, February 22, 2010) Plant a seed of compassion by encouraging family and friends to become life-saving blood donors. Recent statistics indicate very few Americans are eligible to donate blood. Until recently, 60 percent of the United States population was thought to be eligible to donate; however, less than 5% actually donate.

Every two seconds there is always someone who needs blood. A single shock-trauma victim can use up to 100 units of blood components in just a few hours. One out of every three people will need a blood transfusion at some time in their life.

Residents are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood and bring a friend at the Lexington Community Saint James Lutheran Church blood drive, scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.in the Fellowship Hall.

“Maintaining a stable blood supply means asking regular blood donors to donate and also to recruit new donors as well,” said Lindsay Laws (Rockdale, Texas Donor Recruitment Representative).

Those who are unable to give blood are urged to recruit another to donate in their place. You must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in relatively good health to donate blood. Please remember to bring a photo ID when coming to donate. For appointment or information please contact 1-800-Give-Life (448-3543)

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.

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