Blood Donations Carry Special Meaning for Memorial Day

May 24, 2012

Watch this message from active duty supporters of the American Red Cross blood program:

While Memorial Day may signal the unofficial start of summer, the holiday’s true meaning is inescapable for those wishing to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.

Making a blood donation through your American Red Cross is one way to pay homage to the service men and women who protect and defend our nation. Coming to donate blood before, during or after the long weekend can also help strengthen and maintain America’s blood supply for the summer season.

“Your blood donation this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Christy Sabaka, communications manager for the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Region.  “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll honor those who dedicate their lives to others, and you’ll give the gift of life to help others in need.”

Day in and day out, hospital patients need blood for emergency and ongoing care related to serious illness, accident or trauma. In fact, every two seconds, someone in American needs blood. But while that need is constant, the number of people donating blood isn’t. Blood donors may travel, start new routines, or simply overlook donating blood—especially during the summer when people spend more time doing recreational or seasonal activities.

“We understand many people are simply motivated by the desire to honor others and to help save lives,” said Sabaka.  “Please give blood this Memorial Day weekend.”