Throughout the summer months, many loyal donors are too busy with outdoor activities and travel plans to keep regularly scheduled donation appointments. New blood donors are also difficult to recruit during the warm-weather season. The American Red Cross urges all first-time and repeat blood donors to remember that the need for blood knows no season. Hospital patients need blood transfusions for elective and emergency surgeries and for treatment of chronic illnesses every day of the year. Blood donations also help in areas of disaster so let’s be ready to step up and donate to give life to others in need—your reward will be great.
Anyone who is at least 16 years of age (please bring a parental consent), weighs at least 110 pounds and is considered to be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. There is no upper age limit and the time commitment is minimal. For more information, or to make an appointment to donate blood, call Sister Julien Dirkes at (320)632-0663.