Support local Red Cross on World Red Cross DayFor nearly 130 years, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need, every day, in communities large and small across the United States.
For nearly 130 years, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need, every day, in communities large and small across the United States.
May 8 is World Red Cross Day, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to celebrate by donating blood at local community blood drives.
“The Red Cross relies on its volunteer blood donors to keep the nation’s blood supply stable,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country. Because of our dedicated donors, we are able to meet the needs of those patients.”
While all blood types are needed to meet patient demand, type O negative blood is especially needed at this time. If you have type O negative blood, the Red Cross urges you to make an appointment to give today.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
•May 13, 1 to 6 p.m., Shalom Lutheran Church, 800 County Road 44 NW, 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.
High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.