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Help Celebrate 70th Annual “March is Red Cross Month” by Donating Blood

Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

March 7, 2012
 

During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.

In honor of the 70th annual “March is Red Cross Month,” everyone who is eligible is urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by clicking here.

March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

Similar to the Emergency Room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission,” Brigid O’Neill LaGier, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region.

Through the everyday support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross continues to be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where blood products are needed.

Each day, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed for patients in the United States.  In fact, approximately every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. All eligible donors are encouraged to become an Everyday supporter of the Red Cross and their communities by giving blood or platelets this winter. 

“We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which enables us to help people here at home, across the United States, and around the world.”

All blood types are needed, but there is a particular need for people with negative blood types – O-negative, A-negative and B-negative - to give blood now.

Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.   Type O negative donors are needed now to help prevent the Type O negative blood supply from declining further. 

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA and NJ), 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.

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