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Be a lifesaver this summer by donating blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood donations often decline during the summer due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion in the United States. This summer, the American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that no matter what your summer schedule has in store, you can be a lifesaver by donating blood.

"Donating blood is safe and easy. In the time it takes to give, you can help save patients' lives," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. "By donating blood early in the summer, you may be eligible to donate blood one or two more times, helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients during this critical time."

Whether you give blood at a community blood drive or at a donation center, you play a critical role in modern healthcare. Your blood is needed more than you think - make an appointment today to be a summer lifesaver, and donate again in 56 days.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

•June 22, 2010; 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Spring Valley-Spring Valley Community Center, 200 S Broadway, Spring Valley.

•June 23, 2010; 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm; St. Josephs Church, 105 N Mill St, Rushford.

How to Donate Blood

Simply 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. 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, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United 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 between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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