Each day thousands of people from across the country respond to emergency requests for blood and platelet donations. Even so, a critical blood shortage remains here in the U.S.
Right now, the Red Cross is low on their available blood supply. Typically, the Red Cross strives to have at least a five day supply on hand. This is in order to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies. Of course, Hurricane Dorian has made matters worse, and all blood types are needed.
What you can do?
There are always a number of opportunities to donate blood in the lakes area. One of the larger three-day blood drives is running Monday through Wednesday, September 16th-18th at Lakewood Church in Baxter. It’s the “Bring a Buddy” blood drive. This event encourages you to not only donate, but to bring a friend who has either never donated, or not donated for a long time. If you bring someone with you to donate blood, and you both donate, you’ll both receive a pass to the Sertoma Winter Wonderland for this coming holiday season.
Most importantly, when you donate blood, you can save as many as three people’s lives. 4.5 million Americans would die each year without live saving blood transfusions. Each Day we use about 32,000 pints of blood in the U.S.
Here’s the real kicker: only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, and less than 10 percent make a donation annually. That’s why we need to step it up.
The “Bring a Buddy” blood drive is on Monday and Tuesday from noon to 6, and Wednesday from 9 to 3 at Lakewood Church in Baxter. Now, here’s your mission. Talk to your friends and co-workers. We need you to spread the word and find someone to donate with you. Most companies will let you out of the office for an hour to donate blood. Call 838-LIFE, that’s 838-5433 to make your appointment.