â€śThe need for blood is universal, just like air or water,â€ť said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. â€śWorld Blood Donor Day provides the chance for all of us to recognize that blood is essential to health care across the globe.â€ť
With the 2012 theme â€śevery blood donor is a hero,â€ť organizers of World Blood Donor Day are working to boost the number of people on every continent who give blood on a regular basis. Worldwide, about 92 million blood donations are made each year. But according to the World Health Organization, more than 70 countries have blood donation rates that are considered less than necessary to meet basic blood needs. In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only a fraction actually donates.
â€śEvery two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood,â€ť said Whitman. â€śPatients with emergency and ongoing medical needs depend on blood from volunteer donors to help save their lives.â€ť
â€śVolunteer blood donors who give on a regular basis are the silent and unsung heroes who help save lives every day through their blood donations,â€ť said Whitman. â€śIn a world thatâ€™s getting more complex every day, itâ€™s nice to know the simple act of giving blood can make a huge difference.â€ť
Come to donate now through June 30 and be entered into a region-wide monthly drawing for a $500 gasoline gift card.
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN OUR AREA IS:
Thursday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in the Hall, located at 901 E. Jefferson Street in Plymouth.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.