This Summer, the American Red Cross Asks Local Citizens to “Find the Hero In You”

May 30, 2012

Blood Donations Typically Decline in Summer, Need Remains Constant

Summer has become synonymous with superhero blockbusters, but there’s no need for tights and a cape to be someone’s hero. The Red Cross is asking local citizens to “Find the Hero In You” by giving blood or hosting a blood drive. By supporting the Red Cross, anyone can be a hero to a neighbor in need of lifesaving blood.

“I want to thank our local heroes who make it a priority to give back by giving blood and hosting blood drives,” states Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Southern Blood Services Region. Summer tends to keep many donors away from blood donation centers and blood drives, but the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products.”

High schools and colleges account for about 22% of Red Cross blood collections throughout the Southeast. With schools being closed for the summer, the Red Cross looses a large portion of its donor base at this time every year. Vacations, travel, weather and busy summer schedules are some of the other reasons donations decline. Unfortunately, the need for blood does not take a vacation. Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for local hospitals.

By donating early in the season, blood donors in our community can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time. There are thousands of people in our community who will NOT make it a priority to donate blood this summer; the Red Cross asks if you will find the hero in you and help save lives. 

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 and all high school students must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here to make an appointment or for more information.