Join the family of voluteers in donating bloodVolunteerism remains strong in America despite the tough economy, according to a report from The Corporation for National and Community Service.
Volunteerism remains strong in America despite the tough economy, according to a report from The Corporation for National and Community Service.
In fact, the number of volunteers donating blood increased by about 1 million from 2007 to 2008 to a total of 61.8 million. The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to join the nationwide family of volunteers and make a resolution to donate blood for patients in need this January, National Blood Donor Month.
“The Red Cross relies on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “Donating blood doesn’t require special skills or a significant time commitment, just good health to share. When you donate blood through the Red Cross, you join a family of blood donors across the nation in a lifesaving cause.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
•December 22, 1-7 p.m. at Viking Viking Plaza, 3015 Highway 28 South, Alexandria.
•December 28, noon to 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Avenue, Alexandria.
•December 29, noon to 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Avenue, Alexandria.
To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.