American Red Cross Seeking to Bring New Life to Blood Donation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 22, 2006ᾰJust as spring brings new life to the outdoors, the American Red Cross hopes to bring new life to blood and platelet donation in 2006 by encouraging a new generation of blood donors at this year’s Greek Week Blood Drive on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The drive will take place March 12-15 in the University Center in celebration of Red Cross Month.

Donors interested in giving blood can do so from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 12, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 13-15.

Every two seconds someone needs blood, and most Americans will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives.  To meet patients’ needs nationwide, the American Red Cross relies on approximately 25,000 donations daily.  In the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, 1,200 donations of whole blood are needed daily.

In Missouri, healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate blood.  Federal regulations require whole blood donors to wait 56 days between donations.  Platelet donors can donate as many as 24 times a year. 

To schedule a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.americanredcrossblood.org.  Donors should remember to bring positive identification, which they will be asked to present before donating.