Presenting Donors In January Will Receive a Chef Cat Cora Soup Mug And Spoon Set
Northeastern Pennsylvania Region
THE MANY WARMTHS OF WINTER
Blood Donors Warm The Hearts Of Patients
January 01, 2012 – When the bitterness of winter sets in, many find comfort and warmth in different ways. Snuggling up under a blanket, a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, a warm bowl of soup, or wearing comfy clothes are some of the most popular things people do. Did you know that by donating blood, you not only warm your heart knowing that you are helping patients in need, but also give those patients and their family warmth knowing that an individual they never met took the time out of their busy schedule to donate the precious gift that they needed? By donating blood, individuals have the potential to give patients another birthday, another holiday, or another anniversary with their family and loved ones.
Donating blood is an extremely gratifying experience, and the American Red Cross Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region and patients we serve would like to thank donors for all that they do. For the month of January, all presenting donors will receive a Chef Cat Cora soup mug and spoon set, as well as a recipe card for her White Bean And Chicken Chili Blanca.
“Blood donors are special people who touch the lives of so many,” stated Shannon Ludwig, Communications Manager for Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region. “We cannot begin to thank them enough each time they come out to donate blood. I am extremely proud of the support we are able to provide to patients in our area because of their generous gift.”
Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region provides lifesaving blood to 29 hospitals and needs 351 people to give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
About the American Red Cross:
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross has been the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States for more than 50 years. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure that no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. The American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division must distribute approximately 3,000 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. 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.