2011-06-30 / General Stories

It’s Summertime and Time to Give Blood

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
St. James Lutheran Church-Fellowship Hall

Summertime. To most it means vacation, time at the pool or a trip to places never before visited. To the American Red Cross, it’s a time of being extra prepared. Teaching water safety, babysitting, reminding individuals to keep an eye on the driver with out-of-state tags who may be lost - these are some of the summer activities of the Red Cross. So, too, is assuring hospital shelves are adequately stocked with blood to handle the unexpected.

The need for blood is constant and the blood supply must be regularly replenished. A pint of blood has a shelf life of up to 42 days; platelets only five days. While all types are needed, O negative can be used for transfusions when a person in need’s blood type is unknown.

The Red Cross invites individuals to take a little more than an hour’s time out of the summer heat and sun to visit a Red Cross blood donor center or blood drive. Giving a pint of blood might just turn out to be the summer highlight or best break time idea for a new donor. It can mean up to three other individuals receive the lifesaving blood they need to enjoy summertime.

Locally, you may give blood on: Tuesday, July 12, 2011@ St. James Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 320 North Rockdale Street, 1PM- 6PM

The Red Cross also reminds donors that the annual hurricane season is also not far off and to be prepared if vacationing in areas where storms may occur.

Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending redcross to 42227 or registering online at redcrossblood.org.

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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 (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.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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