Latin American Association and Univision Atlanta Encourage Hispanic Americans to Give Blood

June 4, 2010

ATLANTA – The American Red Cross is putting out a special call to Hispanic Americans to donate blood this summer, starting with the World Blood Donor Day blood drive on June 14, 2010. The blood drive, sponsored by the Latin American Association and Univision Atlanta, will be held at the Latin American Association (2750 Buford Highway, Atlanta) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All presenting blood donors at the World Blood Donor Day blood drive will receive a free t-shirt and will be entered into a drawing to win two international Delta Airlines tickets and a drawing for a $1,000 gift card!

The goal of World Blood Donor Day each year is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems. Today, 57 countries have achieved 100% voluntary blood donation, up from 39 in 2002.

While the American Red Cross invites everyone to donate blood, Hispanic Americans are highly encouraged to donate blood and blood components. A study completed by the Red Cross shows that in communities with higher populations of Hispanic Americans, there is a higher percentage of blood donors with Type O blood, the blood type most requested by hospitals. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient in an emergency when there may not be enough time to determine their specific blood type.

What many don’t realize is that during the busy summer season, blood donations often decline due to vacation and summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. By donating early in the season, blood donors can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a full recovery. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment to donate.


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