Despite the fact that blood is a valuable, life-saving resource and that more than 90 percent of all adults will require at least one transfusion in their lifetimes, only about 5-6 percent of eligible Americans donate blood each year. With the need for blood increasing and donations declining at a rate of one percent each year, every unit donated is important to meeting the needs of patients requiring transfusions.
The Red Cross urges new donors to consider giving the “gift of life” and to join the ranks of repeat donors by giving blood every 56 days. To help boost regional blood supplies this fall, the Red Cross has scheduled a Bloodmobile at St. Francis Convent (St. Francis Hall), Little Falls, on Monday and Tuesday, October 30-31, 1-7 p.m., and Wednesday, November 1, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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.