Give blood this October to Red Cross

This Halloween Count Dracula is not the only one who needs your blood. The American Red Cross reminds us that regular blood donations are needed to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in our local hospitals.

The Aberdeen Community Blood Drive will be held Saturday, Oct, 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall located at 381 West Washington.

Eligible donors can make an appointment to donate blood by calling Marty Freeburne at 397-4772. If that is not a good time, donors can make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

The first of October marks the beginning of the Halloween season, but, for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims there is something much scarier than ghosts and goblins knocking on the doors asking for treats – not having blood available when it is needed. Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions, and the blood must be there before it is needed in order to save lives.

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Each day, patients across the country receive approximately 38,000 units of this life-saving resource. This year alone, as many as four million patients will require blood transfusions, as accident victims, people undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.

Any healthy person age 17 (or age 16 with signed parental consent) or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Valid identification is required for all blood donations.

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nations’s blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission.

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