RED CROSS AND FOX 31 CALL ON BLOOD DONORS TO “CHANGE LIVES TOGETHER”
Southern Blood Services Region
November 2, 2009
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Red Cross and Fox 31 call on blood donors to 'Change Lives Together
Blood Donations Needed During Summer Months
ALBANY, Ga. - Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has helped save countless lives. But, the need for blood is constant. So, the American Red Cross and WFXL Fox 31 encourage Americans to “Change Lives Together” by giving blood this summer.
Present to give blood or platelets during the Fox 31 “Donor Days,” June 29 through July 4, at the Albany Donor Center (1515 Dawson Road) to enter a drawing to win an authentic script from Fox’s Bones, autographed by two of the show’s stars, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.
During the busy summer season, the blood supply often suffers. With donors on vacation and preoccupied with other summer activities, collections tend to take a dip, but the Red Cross hopes to avoid a shortage this summer by asking donors to join together in making giving the “Gift of Life” a part of their summer plans.
With drives held every week throughout Dougherty County and a blood donation center in Albany, there are countless opportunities for donors to take a little time out of their busy lives to donate a pint of blood and help save the lives of up to three people. “The past several months have been challenging,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region, “but blood donors have still been coming out to help people in our community and across the country. We hope this trend will continue through the summer and that people will see donating blood as an opportunity to give back without having to reach into their wallets.”
The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to more than 120 hospitals and must have 1,200 people give blood 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. One pint of blood can help save up to three lives.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. To schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.givebloodredcross.org and enter the sponsor code deltaandomega when prompted.
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