The blood supply nationally and locally is at a dangerously critical level and your help can quickly prevent reserves from going dry. Depletions like this happen during summer months as donations tend to drop off with the delivery of nice weather. Though supplies are down, the demand for life-saving donations never ceases and the remedy to averting a crisis is as simple as donating one pint of blood at a local blood drive.
Too many people in and around our communities depend on this critical, lifesaving supply for us not to get involved. There are many hospitals in our region that depend on the blood supplied from blood drives that take place across the area. Right now local hospitals have less than a two day supply of O-Negative, O-Positive and AB-Negative blood available for everyday needs. I want to stress how important donations of O-Positive and O-Negative as well as A-Positive and A-Negative blood are to filling our regionís blood bank supply; however, all blood type donations are appreciated.
According to the Red Cross, approximately sixty percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but just five percent of that donates. This is astounding when you consider that about 34,000 units of blood are used each day in the United States. If every potential donor were to give just one pint of blood, there would be no crisis. Just a single donation can save the lives of three people.
An identification document, such as a driver license, is required to donate. Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. The average adult can safely donate blood every 56 days. Giving blood is very simple and only takes an hour of your time. I strongly encourage you to donate blood to help avert a crisis. For a listing of locations of current as well as upcoming blood drive locations in our area, please visit http://www.donatebloodnow.org/ or call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) today to arrange a donation.