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April 23, 2014

Red Cross blood drive continues through May

Get rooted in the Red Cross this spring. Donate blood and become part of its ever growing family tree; join about 3.3 million blood donors nationwide in a lifesaving cause.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood,” Amy Canterbury, Regional CEO of the Red Cross said. The Red Cross must collect enough blood donations every day to meet the needs of cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies with complications, sickle cell disease patients and others.

Donors may give whole blood up to six times per year, or every 56 days, or a double red cell donation procedure every 112 days, or up to three times per year. According to Canterbury, each day the River Valley Blood Services Region needs to have nearly 400 blood donors to help meet the needs of patients in 68 counties.

On average, the American Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

“Strong donor turnout in April and May can give us good momentum into hectic summer season. And with only eight percent of eligible individuals donating blood each year, there’s great potential for solid collections during spring,” Canterbury said.

Approximately 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. But only eight percent of those eligible – or three percent of the general population – donates blood each year.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Daviess County:

April 23 — Daviess Community Hospital, 1314 E. Walnut St., 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May 6 — Washington Catholic High School, 201 N.E. Second St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 15 — Berea Mennonite Church, 216 South Main St., Cannelburg, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May 22 — Harvest Community Fellowship, 200 W. Main St., 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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