As summer fades, need for blood doesn’t
Summer is winding down, school is back in session and our busy lives haven’t seemed to slow down one bit. One thing that also hasn’t changed is a constant need for blood from eligible donors.
Imperial area residents will have a chance to help fill that need for blood, always critical in the final weeks of summer, when the American Red Cross Bloodmobile is here next Thursday, Sept. 14, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the city gym, where they located for the first time during their last visit here.
In addition to the ongoing need for donations in the summer, the ravages of Hurricane Harvey and the needs Texas hospitals are experiencing give us additional reasons to take an hour out of our time next week and donate.
Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again next week. According to the Red Cross, blood can safely be donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
Other donor requirements include being at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weighing at least 110 lbs., and being in good general health and feeling well. Other aspects of each donor’s health history are discussed as part of the donation process.
Organizer Liz Mollendor said Red Cross officials really liked the city gym location. The addition of air conditioning the past year in the gym probably is a big factor.
I’ve been a donor for more than 20 years. I found out personally how important available blood is during an emergency C-section years ago.
Did you know about 80 percent of blood donations are made to the Red Cross through blood drives just like the one here next week? If you are a strong believer in volunteerism like me, consider a blood donation next week.