Blood Donors Needed to Keep Blood Supply Strong
Summer months can be challenging for Red Cross
Summer is finally here and many people are busy enjoying time off, vacations, and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer also means not as many people donating blood on a regular basis. The American Red Cross is urging the community to give and ensure blood is available whenever needed this summer.
High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross. When students are not in school, giving at regularly scheduled blood drives, those pints must be collected somewhere else. In addition, summer travel and activities can also result in accidents that require immediate and intensive medical care.
“Your blood donations through the American Red Cross help build a blood supply strong enough to meet everyday and emergency medical needs,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “It’s blood on the shelves today that helps save lives.”
On average, the American Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood donations help meet the needs of cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies with complications, sickle cell disease patients and others.
As an extra incentive to give blood during June, everyone who comes to give at a blood drive in Central Ohio will receive a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium buy-one-get-one free entry coupon and can enter to win weekly drawings for four tickets to Zoombezi Bay!
To learn more about blood donation, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).