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Make Donating Blood Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

December 28, 2012

  12/31/12 Many New Year’s resolutions focus on breaking bad habits.  The American Red Cross is encouraging you to take up a positive habit instead.

By resolving to donate blood or platelets in the coming year, you can help save the lives of the one out of 10 hospital patients who require blood for emergency or ongoing medical care.  Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States.  Your frequent donations through the American Red Cross can help keep the nation’s blood supply strong and ensure that it will be available anytime and anywhere it’s needed.

When you donate through the Red Cross, you’ll join about 4 million blood donors nationwide in a lifesaving cause.  The need for blood is constant.  Every day, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of red blood cells.  That’s about 16-million donations transfused to 5 million patients each year.

The next upcoming American Red Cross Blood drive in our area is Friday, January 11th from noon until 5:30 p.m. at the Argos United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 540 North Michigan Street in Argos

 To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.