Roll Up a Sleeve as Labor of Love Before Summer Ends

August 29, 2012


American Red Cross encourages blood donation around the holiday weekend

 <Burlington, VT (August 27, 2012)> – The American Red Cross faces a critical need for blood donations as summer winds down and the Labor Day holiday approaches.

 Although an emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, results from July show that Red Cross blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been since 1996. In fact, blood donations through the Red Cross hit a 15-year low earlier this summer.

 “Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close,” said Michael Kempesty, CEO of the Northern New England Blood Services Region. “Rolling up a sleeve and helping save lives can be a special way to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this year.”

 If at least three extra donors gave blood at every Red Cross drive through the rest of summer, above what the drives expect to collect, there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs. Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others. These patients rely on lifesaving blood products during their treatment. Those whose lives may be touched by your generosity will be forever grateful.

 The Haley family of White River Junction, Vermont knows the importance of donating blood. Tanzi and Tristan Haley donated blood recently, nearly a year after their second child, Jaylin, was born with gastroschisis, a birth defect where the infant’s intestines emerge through a defect in the umbilical cord. Their daughter’s rough start and subsequent need for blood transfusions inspired them to donate blood in gratitude for the blood Jaylin received and to help others who require blood transfusions.

Jaylin’s story highlights just how important each and every blood donation can be. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give this summer.

 All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to any patient. This blood type is often used in emergency situations when doctors do not have time to check a patient’s blood type before transfusion.

Blood drives are held in cities and towns throughout northern New England. Please check out  or call 1-800 RED CROSS to find a blood drive near you.