Give The Perfect Gift

December 1, 2010

You Can’t Put a Price on Saving a Life through Blood Donation

Early bird shoppers save 30-percent.  Half off sale starts today.  Buy one, get one free ends Saturday.   ‘Tis the season and everyone’s searching for the perfect gift that doesn’t break the bank.  The more money saved, the more there is to spend.  Still, many of us struggle to find the perfect gift.

What if, for just one day, you forget the sales and choose to save a life instead?  Donating blood helps save up to three lives and the only cost is an hour of your time.  If just 10-percent of Americans give blood this holiday season, 34.2 million lives might be saved.  Now, that’s a deal everyone can appreciate!

So, as you flip through circulars and scan retail web sites, take a moment and remember surgeries, accidents, transfusions, cancer and leukemia, and life sustaining medical treatments do not take holidays or vacations.  The need for all blood types is constant.  Your blood donation this holiday season is the perfect gift…the gift that saves the day.  Give life.  Your heart, your wallet and countless hospital patients across the country will thank you!

Throughout the month of December, the American Red Cross Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region is encouraging people to give ‘The Perfect Gift’ and donate blood or platelets.  Daily presenting donors can enter to win a $25. Visa gift card to be given away each day and one of three monthly grand prizes: a 42” TV, blu-ray player (courtesy Best Buy, Stroudsburg), or GPS (courtesy Best Buy, Scranton). 

Eligible volunteer blood and platelet donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to find a blood drive and to make appointments.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region provides lifesaving blood products to 29 area hospitals and must have 351 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

About the American Red Cross:
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross has been the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States for more than 50 years. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure that no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. The American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division must distribute approximately 3,000 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.