Appalachian Blood Services Region
September 22, 2009
200 Blood Donors Flow Through Civic Center Like a Summer Breeze.
Every year in our region blood donations decrease during the flurry of summer activities. Residents are so busy with recreational activities, vacation travel and family gatherings that they simply forget about their normal routine of giving blood. Add to the situation high school and college breaks, summer schedules at businesses and places of worship and the number and size of blood drives typically decline for about a three month period. Unfortunately, these issues increase the already significant challenge of maintaining an adequate blood supply for our communities.
The Red Cross Summer Breeze blood drive held on July 8th at the Roanoke Civic Center was a community "donorama" with a tropical beach theme designed to draw attention to the fact that the need for blood never takes a vacation and that all it takes is about 60 minutes to help save or sustain someone's life.
Even given this year's added economic pressures effecting many throughout the country 200 people, including 20 first time donors came to share there good health by giving blood.
We at the American Red Cross wish to express our sincere gratitude for these volunteer blood donors who made time in their busy schedules to share their good health with someone who will require a blood transfusion.
All who came were treated to live performances by local shaggers dancing and a variety of vocals by Shirley Vaughn and Cary Rutledge. The beach theme for the event was further enhanced by great refreshments and door prizes provided by Pet Dairy, Utz, Hardees, McDonalds, Dominos, Bojangles, Firehouse Subs Macado's, Hotel Roanoke, PMI, Famous Anthony's, Annie Moore's Pub, Roanoke Fruit and Produce and Gold's Gym..
The generous community support of our media sponsors, WDBJ7, WJJS and Sunny FM shared the message to spend a little time at the beach while helping to save a life by donating blood.
Scores of Red Cross volunteers and staff labored throughout the day to provide a good experience and fellowship for all who came.
All of these fine people and organizations contributed collectively to a most successful event and on behalf of the hundreds of accident victims, cancer and blood disorder patients, trauma and surgery patients who will be sustained by their efforts we sincerely thank you.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to donate this summer please call 1800 GIVE LIFE or visit www.arcgiveblood.org for a blood drive nearby. The need for blood touches everyone in southwest Virginia and giving the "gift of life" can provide a vital component to quality health care in our community.
Have a safe and happy summer.