Blood drives help ensure nation’s supplyEvery day, patients in local communities are helped by blood donors who give at blood drives coordinated by generous volunteers.
Every day, patients in local communities are helped by blood donors who give at blood drives coordinated by generous volunteers.
Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by American Red Cross blood donors:
— A child with sickle cell disease was treated with 10 pints of type B negative red cells.
— In just two days, more than 100 blood products were needed to treat a child heart transplant patient.
— A new mother received two pints of red cells after delivering her baby.
Because of dedicated American Red Cross blood donors, blood products were available for these patients and many others like them. The need is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to donate blood regularly this summer, helping to ensure a stable supply for patients in need.
This summer, the American Red Cross “Live Life. Give Life” summer promotion is helping to raise awareness of the constant need for blood and to encourage regular donations.
Donors between May 21 and Sept. 5 will be entered automatically for a chance to win prize packages to giftcertificates.com. Visit redcrossblood.org/GiveWin to learn more.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
Monday, May 21, 2:30-7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 415 Bridge Ave., Star Prairie.
St. Croix County
Friday, May 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Baldwin Area Medical Center, 730 10th Ave., Baldwin.
Tuesday, May 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hudson Hospital & Clinics, 405 Stageline Road, Hudson.
Thursday, May 31, 1-6 p.m. at Travel Centers of America, 713 Highway 12, Hudson.
Thursday, May 31, 3-8 p.m. at Houlton Elementary School, 70 County Road E, Houlton.
To donate, 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.