American Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer

July 11, 2012


Help be prepared. Give blood.

American Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer


America’s blood supply is an important piece of our country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.

“Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized and prepared today for when disaster strikes.”

Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month this July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected. Another is to talk to friends and family about the importance of giving blood. A third is to consider volunteering at or sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive.

Every day, hospitals need more than 44,000 blood donations for the care of serious diseases, accidents or trauma. And when disaster strikes, the need can be greater, depending on the severity and scope.

“Your blood donations through the American Red Cross help build a blood supply strong enough to meet everyday and emergency medical needs,” said Wilson.  “It’s blood on the shelves today that helps save lives.”


Those interested in giving blood can find a blood drive by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting 




Central Ohio Blood Services RegionColumbus, OH, 43205
United States
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