Celebrate volunteerism and donate bloodVolunteers are the backbone of the American Red Cross and each year, nearly six million pints of blood are donated through the Red Cross.
Volunteers are the backbone of the American Red Cross and each year, nearly six million pints of blood are donated through the Red Cross.
This April, the Red Cross is encouraging people to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, by making an appointment to donate blood.
“Your blood is needed more than you think. In fact, every two seconds someone in America needs blood,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “In the hour it takes to volunteer to donate blood, you can help save the lives of patients in your community and across the country.”
While all blood types are needed to meet patient demand, type O negative blood is especially needed at this time, according to the Red Cross.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
•April 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Armory, 311 Broadway Street, Alexandria.
To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.