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WFXL Fox 31 Encourages Donors to Be a Lifesaver this Summer by Donating Blood

Southern Blood Services Region

June 9, 2010
 

ALBANY, Ga. – In the summer, a baseball coach balances his busy work schedule while still making time to donate blood after the big game. A physical therapist works to better patient lives every day and helps save them by donating blood every eight weeks. What many don’t realize is that during the busy summer season, blood donations often decline due to vacation and summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. That’s why the American Red Cross and WFXL Fox 31 are telling individuals that no matter what your occupation, “You Can Be A Lifesaver This Summer. Donate Blood.”

WFXL Fox 31 has once again partnered with the Red Cross to host the annual Fox 31 Summer Blood Drive from June 29 through July 5 at the Albany Donor Center (1515 Dawson Road) and on June 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fox 31 studio (1201 Stuart Avenue). Presenting blood donors will receive a free t-shirt and be entered in a grand prize drawing.

By donating early in the season, blood donors can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a full recovery. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about giving blood or platelets or to schedule an appointment to donate.

 

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