Season of giving starts from within

December 1, 2009
Public urged to kick-off holidays by donating blood
Ohio residents can give at least three meaningful gifts this holiday season without visiting stores, browsing catalogs, or shopping on-line.
By donating blood through the American Red Cross in the next few weeks, community members can help save the lives of up to three people, and help offset the slump in blood collections that typically occurs around the winter holidays.
“The season of giving starts from within,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We’re hopeful the holidays will inspire people to give the gift of life and help hospital patients who depend on steady, consistent blood collections year-round.”
Blood donations can taper off between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when people are busy with shopping, planning festivities or gatherings, community and family activities, or travel. Conversely, blood needs can increase as people injured in seasonal roadway accidents may require emergency transfusions. Regardless of the time of year, the Central Ohio Region of the American Red Cross needs about 650 people to come to donate blood every day to ensure an adequate supply of blood for patients in 39 Ohio hospitals.
“Your donation can take on extra meaning this time of year,” said Wilson. “What other gift can you give in about an hour that can help save someone’s life?”


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