Blood Donors Urged to Kick off the Summer with a Blood Donation

May 23, 2012

Give Blood In Honor of Our Service Men and Women And In Memory Of Loved Ones 

Philadelphia (May 23, 2012) – With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching the American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to kick off the summer season by donating blood.

“While the arrival of warmer weather and sunny days is a welcome change, it can mean a serious drop in blood collections,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Communications Manager. “Even committed blood donors can get caught up with summer travel and activities.  This is why the Red Cross needs your help—now more than ever—to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible.”

Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with type O negative. Red Cross officials say type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. That’s because type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type, and is most readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.

“Blood donations are particularly needed just before and after major holidays,” said Tornetta. “In celebration of Memorial Day please take time to remember our fallen heroes by donating blood during the holiday weekend.”

Every day, more than 39,000 units of blood are needed for patients in the United States. Blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, transplant recipients, trauma victims and more. Each whole blood donation can help save up to three lives.

The American Red Cross supplies blood to approximately 100 area hospitals.

Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or Click Here.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA and NJ), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

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