School's Out, Blood Donation is In!
Public encouraged to make summer donations
Summer means sun, fun and sometimes, a drop in blood donations. That’s because school’s out, and donors who regularly give through the academic year might wait until fall before donating blood again.
High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross. Many give at scheduled drives at their high schools or colleges during the traditional school year. When those drives stop, most students probably won’t think about going to a summer drive, or hosting a blood drive of their own.
“Just because school’s out doesn’t mean donating blood is out, too,” said Christy Chapman, Communications Manager for the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “With a little creative thinking, you might find there’s a lot of life to be had in donating blood through the American Red Cross.”
The Red Cross encourages students and all eligible donors to connect with friends and family, then pick a date to donate blood and help keep the blood supply strong.
“Some donors have special occasions they want to honor like someone’s birthday or an anniversary,” said Chapman. “Donating blood is one way to add extra meaning to a particular day or event.”
Current and potential blood donors can also join the Red Cross in honoring World Blood Donor Day on June 14. With the 2011 theme “more blood, more life,” World Blood Donor Day seeks to boost the number of people on every continent who volunteer to give blood on a regular basis.
“Volunteer blood donors who routinely give are the foundation of a safe and adequate blood supply,” said Chapman. “In a world that’s getting more complex every day, it’s nice to know the simple act of giving blood can make a huge difference.”
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information on blood donation and donating blood through the American Red Cross. You can also check out social media and join the conversation at facebook.com/redcrossblood.