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There's Always a Reason to Give Blood

Tennessee Valley

May 26, 2011
 

Need a Reason to Give Blood at Maury County Donor Day?

Maury County Donor Day is Tuesday, May 31

 

(Nashville, Tenn., May 24, 2011)

 

Maury County Donor Day is fast approaching and the American Red Cross is counting on you to give a lifesaving blood donation.  Do you need a reason to give?  Keep reading and you’re bound to find one.

 

Did you know a single blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives? 

 

Your blood donation can be separated into components to treat patients with different needs.  Your red blood cells can be used by accident victims and sickle cell anemia patients.  Your platelets are the fragile cells that control bleeding and can be used by cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy.  Your plasma is the yellow liquid portion of the blood used primarily to treat burn victims.

 

The following blood facts give you an idea of just how important your donation is to hospital patients in need:

 

  • On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for hospital patients in the United States.

 

  • One in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.

 

  • Approximately 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood.  Of those eligible, only about 8 percent actually give blood.

 

  • In the United States, someone needs a blood transfusion about every two seconds.

 

  • There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.

 

  • Red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days.

 

  • There is no substitute for human blood.  It cannot be manufactured.

 

  • Almost everyone will know someone who needs blood.

 

  • Blood is often needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint-replacement surgeries, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia and cancer treatments, and much more.

 

In this area, the Tennessee Valley Region provides blood for patients in 57hospitals throughout 70 counties in middle Tennessee, southwestern Kentucky and parts of Illinois and Missouri.  The Region started collecting blood nearly 62 years ago, on Feb. 14, 1949.

 

At least 600 people need to present to donate blood each day in the Tennessee Valley Region to meet patient need.  To meet hospital orders, the Red Cross operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

 

The Red Cross is the largest blood collection and distribution organization in the United States.  It’s also the only blood collection agency that offers health and safety training, serves as the vital emergency communication link between military personnel and their families at home, teaches disaster preparedness and responds to disasters of all types and sizes.

 

If you are a donor, thank you.  Please continue to give.  If you’ve never donated blood, consider this your personal invitation.  If you are unable to donate, recruit a friend or family member.  If you are a business leader or active in a community organization, consider hosting a blood drive.

 

You are invited to give blood at the Donor Day Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 19 located on Nashville Highway in Columbia.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, contact Stephanie Ezell at (615) 308-6280 or ezellsg@usa.redcross.org.  You may also log on to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  MAURYDONORDAY.  Walk-in donors are welcome.

 

All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.