As of Monday, June 23, 2014
June is the perfect time to spring into action and potentially help save up to three lives by donating blood.
During the school year that just ended, about 20 percent of blood donations collected by the Red Cross were from blood drives at high schools and colleges.
During summer vacation, the Red Cross must find those donations elsewhere.
Here in the Lower Valley, the Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Monday, June 30, at the Grandview Learning Center, 313 Division St., from 1 to 6 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, July 2, a Red Cross blood drive will be held at the Masonic Temple in Sunnyside at 610 E. Harrison Ave. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We need blood donors and blood drive sponsors to spring into action now and during the summer months. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood,” Red Cross spokesperson JayAnn Merkle said.
“On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 community hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.”
Maintaining a sufficient blood supply to meet patient needs, say Red Cross officials, is a delicate balance between supply and demand.
Every day, the American Red Cross must collect enough blood to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, surgical candidates, children with blood disorders and others.
All blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients, but especially O negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type because it can be transfused to any patient who needs blood regardless of his or her own blood type.
It is easy to make an appointment; potential donors can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
The Red Cross also needs help from local businesses, schools, churches and other organizations willing to sponsor blood drives on their premises. Call (509) 834-2606 to sponsor a blood drive.