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Red Cross starts 100-day donation drive

POSTED: June 1, 2014 10:30 a.m.
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Blood donor Michelle Lewalen holds her arm up after giving blood at Liberty Regional Medical Center during a 2011 drive as collection tech Wera Mawson looks over equipment.

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The American Red Cross kicked off its “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” campaign May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up their sleeves.
“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer of the Southern Blood Services Region. “Making a blood or platelet donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”
Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Memorial Day.
The 100-day campaign runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive — above what is expected. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High-school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

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