This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate and help save lives. Approximately every two seconds a patient in theUnited Statesneeds a blood transfusion. Thanks to volunteer blood donors, the Red Cross is able to provide needed blood products to local hospitals and more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers around the country.
With blood products currently being delivered to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in, the Red Cross needs donors to roll up a sleeve to ensure blood is there for patients whenever and wherever it is needed.
In the hour it takes to donate blood, donors can help save the lives of more than one patient. Only 3 percent of the U.S.population currently donates blood. Become a Red Cross volunteer donor and join a family of blood donors across the nation in a lifesaving cause.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, theAmerican Red Crossis the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout theUnited States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link betweenU.S.military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.
Blood Donation Opportunities
4/16/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm,ValleyHeightsHigh School, 2274 6 Road, Blue Rapids
4/16/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm,AxtellKSHigh School,504 Pine St, Axtell
4/27/2012, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm,NemahaValleyHS,214 N 11th St, Seneca