Hastings lung transplant patient gives back to Red Cross
HASTINGS, Minn. — As winter continues, blood donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. The Hastings community is invited to give the gift of life to patients in need at the American Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 5, 2014.
Just seven months ago, Hastings resident Judy Williams was on the receiving end of needing blood from the Red Cross. Last July, Williams underwent a lung transplant and received many blood products, including a plasma exchange during the surgery. Williams had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis a year before, after persistent coughing and shortness of breath.
“Although I’m not eligible to donate blood, I knew that becoming the blood drive coordinator for my community was a great way to give back,” Williams said. “Encouraging others to give the gift of life because of the constant need for patients is important to me. I’m living proof that it’s the blood on the shelves that help save lives.”
Hastings Community Blood Drive
Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schoolhouse square, 101 E. 10th Street, Suite 120, Hastings, Minn.
Currently, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in. Eligible donors with all blood types are needed to help restock our shelves. There’s an urgent need for type O donors, especially type O negative, the universal blood type.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrosssBloodNC.