Don’t Be a Turkey, Give Blood
Give Thanks for Good Health by Donating Blood This Thanksgiving
In 2010, U.S. farmers raised more than 242 million turkeys. That’s a lot of turkeys! Anyone who enjoyed one of these birds on Thanksgiving is grateful they were available.
But did you know that only 111 million people are eligible to donate blood? That’s just over 37 percent of the U.S. population. Of those, only about 3 percent actually donate blood. Imagine what would happen if there wasn’t enough blood for hospital patients in need.
All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
Also, through mid-December, all those who attempt to donate blood at Red Cross donation centers in St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, and southern Illinois can enter a chance to win two tickets to an upcoming Rams regular season home game. Drawings will be held two weeks prior to the game.
Don’t be a turkey! This Thanksgiving, give thanks for good health by giving blood. Each blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.