Summer time means donations for American Red Cross

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 14, 2018

"However, we have seen a troubling decline in the number of new blood donors".

"The donor pool has been declining", Williams said, "and it's important for people to help us keep those blood levels up because emergencies and surgeries and transfusions just don't stop". Right now, reserves are below that minimum.

Summer is a time of no high school blood drives, family vacation travel, and increased outdoor activities. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.

Our appeal happens to coincide with World Blood Donor Day, which is Thursday, June 14th, and celebrates volunteer blood donors for their life-saving gifts. This year it falls on the anniversary of the 2017 shooting at the congressional baseball practice.

You can join the #MissingType movement by donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Every year, World Blood Donor Day highlights the need to maintain a stable supply of healthy, safe blood and blood products, while encouraging people to become regular donors.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has called on the public to donate blood this summer as these months can be some of the most challenging for the service. The Red Cross provides around 40 percent of that total. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. "I urge countries to support voluntary blood donations as a solidarity act for all, and to ensure that national blood services have sustainable funding for blood safety programmes", she said.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides global humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The blood transfusions have kept him out of the hospital.

"South African big business has the power to change the fact that our country faces constant blood shortages, and save lives at the same time", she said.

Scheduling appointments: Donors are now able to view all donor centres and mobile blood drives in the country, plotted on a map.

Host a blood drive in your community or at your organization.

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