Blood donations often decline during the summer while the need for blood remains constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion. This summer the Red Cross has introduced the Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion as a special way to thank those who make time to give blood during the summer months.
"Summer activities and family vacations have people heading in a lot of directions this time of year. The America Red Cross is asking everyone to add one more place to their list of destinations - a Red Cross blood drive - to help save lives by donating blood," said Greg Novinska, CEO of American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Region. "By donating blood, you can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation."
Good To Give. Good to Go. Is designed to raise awareness of the need for summer blood donors and to encourage frequent American Red Cross donations. All presenting donors (ages 21 and older) between May 16 and September 7 will have a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Florida each time they visit the Red Cross. Presenting donors al all ages are eligible to win other fun summer prizes during specific holiday timeframes.
The next opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross will be on Tuesday, July 12, at the Escanaba Civic Center from noon to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, July 13, at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone from noon to 6 p.m and Thursday, July 14, at NewPage, employees only, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood.
The American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes with blood no matter where or when they need it. Make an appointment to donate today. You could change a life, starting with your own. To make an appointment call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org for additional information. Or call Jill at the local Chapter office at 428-9357. Remember the need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.