3 ways to become a summer blood donor
by Robert Joseph Baker | June 18, 2017 5:21 am
Last Updated: June 15, 2017 at 5:23 am
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.
Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1 (800) RED CROSS to make an appointment.
Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.
The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.
Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.
Patients like Anna Schuster might not be here without generous volunteer blood donors. Doctors gave Schuster a 1 percent chance of survival after a collision with a semitrailer. During the first 12 hours after her accident, she received 65 units of blood. Schuster’s road to recovery has been long – 58 surgeries in the 12 years since her accident, including four in the past 14 months, with many of them requiring more blood transfusions.
Every day there are thousands of patients like Schuster who rely on lifesaving blood donations. That’s why donors are urged to give now and give often.
In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 – Palmetto Health Tuomey, 129 N. Washington St. in Sumter;
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 28 – Shaw Army Central, 1 Gabreski Drive at Shaw Air Force Base;
2-7 p.m.June 29 – Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St. in Sumter;
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 5 – YMCA of Sumter, 510 Miller Road in Sumter.