Feel Good About Giving Back by Donating Blood

Article Date: January 21st, 2015

 

Hermann, MO — Many people want to give back to the community, but may not have a lot of time to volunteer. The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help save lives and feel instant gratification.


Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in their community and throughout the nation. In fact, a single pint of donated blood can save up to three lives in your community!


Locally, Hermann Area District Hospital tries to stock up on blood products during festivals like Oktoberfest and Maifest, so it’s important to have plenty of donors year-round in anticipation of higher need during those times. Donors with blood type O negative are especially needed, as there is a nationwide shortage of O negative blood. This type is considered the universal donor, which means that anyone – regardless of blood type – can receive type O negative.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

February 12th, 2015 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at People’s Saving’s Bank – Rhineland, 101 Bluff Street, Rhineland, MO. Sponsored by Hermann Area District Hospital Auxiliary.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. An appointment is not necessary at this drive; walk-ins are welcomed. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.