Fall into the habit of year-round blood donation

October 9, 2013

Outside, leaves are changing to a dazzling array of fiery red, brilliant gold and bright orange hues.

Yet inside the more than 80 hospitals served by our local American Red Cross, blood needs are constant for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses; victims of automobile and other accidents; infants born prematurely; and many others.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. However, the typical blood donor in our 100-county service area donates blood an average of only 1.7 times each year, although many individuals can donate blood as often as every 56 days.

Strong donor turnout now will help to both to replenish blood supplies depleted during summer vacation season and boost supplies before the upcoming holiday season.

The blood products on the shelves today are what help save lives in an emergency. Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly — there simply is no substitute.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed to donate blood, adding that type O blood types are currently in great demand.

Click to schedule your Red Cross blood donation appointment today.

Platelet donations, available by appointment at our donation centers in Altoona, Pa.; Beaver, Pa.; Greensburg, Pa.; Johnstown, Pa.; and State College, Pa.; often support patients in their treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and other illnesses. Phone 1-800-542-5663, ext. 2633, 2637 or 2657, to schedule a platelet donation appointment.