Donate blood today to help ensure stable holiday supply

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

For many families, Thanksgiving is a traditional time to give thanks with friends and relatives. In the spirit of this holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking eligible flood donors to give thanks by giving blood.

"This holiday season, it's important for eligible individuals to take the time to donate blood," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. "Your blood is needed more than you think. Every day, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed throughout the United States."

Blood transfusions are needed every day for the treatment of many diseased, including cancer, and surgeries. The blood supply is particularly vulnerable throughout the holiday season because donors are traveling and forge to schedule a blood donation appointment.

Add a new family tradition to your Thanksgiving and donate blood. You can change a life, starting with your own.

Upcoming blood donation opportunity is Tuesday, Nov. 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Mercer County VFW, Aledo. The sponsor is Messiah Lutheran Church. For an appointment contact Eleanor Lloyd at 582-7097.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to  make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are need to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or Drivers License, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weight at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military member and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.