Red Cross Asks Donors to "Bring a Friend" and Help Save Lives

April 27, 2011

New faces are appearing at American Red Cross blood donation centers throughout Georgia. The Southern Blood Services Region recently kicked off its “Bring A Friend” program. The program encourages current blood and platelet donors to help recruit new donors.

The program runs between May 16 and June 30, 2011, at all 14 Red Cross blood donation centers throughout Georgia.  Existing blood and platelet donors are asked to bring a friend who has never donated or who has not donated within the last six months with them to their next donation appointment. Those friends who participate in donating blood or platelets together will each receive a commemorative t-shirt.

“The next time you come in to donate blood, bring a friend,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor services, American Red Cross, Southern Blood Services Region. “Donating with a friend often makes the experience more enjoyable, and you may open someone’s eyes to just how easy it is to help save lives.”

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.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and platelets may be donated every two weeks, up to 24 times per year. 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.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit