Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Region
In the summer, a baseball coach balances his busy work schedule while still making time to donate blood after the big game. A physical therapist works to better patient lives every day and helps save them by donating blood every eight weeks. What many don’t realize is that during the busy summer season, blood donations often decline due to vacation and summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. That’s why the American Red Cross is telling donors that no matter what your occupation, “You Can Be A Lifesaver This Summer. Donate Blood.”
By donating early in the season, blood donors can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older,or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
Make donating blood a part of your plans this summer. To schedule an appointment to donate at the Red Cross, click here.