Community responds to call for blood donations
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Blood donors in the Imperial area responded to the Red Cross call for an extra effort in giving blood during the busy summer season.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer vacation season, and the start of a seasonal decline in blood and platelet donations, as well, said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Blood Services Region.
A significant dip in blood donations often occurs in summer, but that didn’t happen last Thursday in Imperial.
Donors at the Bloodmobile surpassed the goal set by Red Cross by 14 units, said coordinator Liz Mollendor. Last week’s Bloodmobile was held at Imperial Bible Church.
An even 100 units of good blood was received last Thursday, Mollendor said.
The fact 15 came in to donate double red blood cells really helped the community surpass the goal of 86 units. Each of those donates the equivalent of two blood units.
A total of 97 donors came in to donate, Mollendor said.
In a spring survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors, nearly 90 percent indicated plans to take vacations this summer.
However, patients don’t get a summer holiday or vacation from needing lifesaving blood.
The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors for the 15,000 blood donations needed every day to support patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.