Calling all blood donors: Roll up a sleeve and give the gift of life today!
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. In fact, approximately 36,000 blood donations are needed each day nationwide. However, during the summer months, it is typically more difficult for blood donations to keep pace with demand, and this can result in summer shortages.
Know the facts:
* More than one-third (36 percent) of U.S. adults have never given blood;
* More than one-quarter (28 percent) do not know their blood type;
* Despite the life-changing impact, awareness is low. More than one-quarter (28 percent) say the reason they have never given blood before is because they have never even thought about it.
To bring to light the power of blood donation, supermodel and Nexcare Give spokesperson Niki Taylor says “Blood donation is a cause that’s not only important in our country and around the world, but also in the lives of people, everywhere. Every year, millions of Americans need blood, and people have the power to make a difference in about an hour that it takes to give. Now is a great opportunity to make a big impact, starting with your local community.”
One blood donation goes a long way
A single donation can help save the lives of more than one person. Patients can need blood for a number of reasons, including surgeries, treatment for various accidents, cancer and other illnesses.
Blood donations are an ongoing need year-round but today there is a local drive happening at CSI in the Student Union Building from 9am to 3pm. 315 Falls Ave. Twin Falls, Idaho. If you’ve never given blood before, now is the perfect time to start, your blood will save lives! Donors of all blood types are needed to give this summer. Type O negative donors are especially needed, because they have the universal blood type that can help anyone who needs blood. O negative is often used during emergencies when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type.
If you can't make it today please reach out to our local chapter of the American Red Cross for more information, you can donate year round, they are located at 253 4th Ave. N. in Twin Falls and you can call them at 800-853-2570 or visit http://http//www.redcross.org/ for more information on blood drives, training and certification in many life saving capacities and volunteer opportunities.
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