Blood donation is a unique way to give thanks, give back

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Press release from the American Red Cross:

Blood donation is a unique way to give thanks, give back
Public encouraged to make giving blood part of their holiday plans

While Thanksgiving signals the start of the holiday season, it also presents a unique opportunity for individuals to give thanks and give back by donating blood.

“Giving the gift of life is a great way to demonstrate your thankfulness and give back to others,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “At the American Red Cross, we’re thankful for every person who steps forward to help save lives through the simple act of rolling up their sleeve.”

The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season as travel and other activities can make it difficult for some donors to find time to give. Plus, the demand for blood can expand as roadway accidents increase the need for blood to be available on a moment’s notice. A person seriously injured in a car accident can sometimes need 40 or more units of blood to save their life.

Blood, too, is needed daily by people undergoing immediate or ongoing treatments for cancer or other serious diseases like Sickle Cell. And while all blood types are needed, the demand for type O is great since type O blood can be transfused to patients with other blood types like A, B and AB.

“The demand for blood never goes away,” said Whitman “Regardless of the season, hospitals and their patients always need blood.”

Add a new family tradition to your Thanksgiving and donate blood at one of the following American Red Cross blood drives:

Click here to see a list of upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in your area.

How to Donate Blood
Individuals who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Red Cross donor card or positive ID required. Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or log on for more information.

About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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