Need for blood serious

Friday, December 13, 2002

Dear Editor,

The need for blood by patients in the Midwest is serious. The need is real. And they need your help. Currently there is a growing shortage of blood and blood products used to give people a second chance at life or medical treatment.

Each and every day, neighbors in our community and around the country need blood donations to help them stay alive. The continued reliability of our nation's blood supply depends on thoughtful, dedicated volunteer donors who agree that healthy people should give blood for those less fortunate. Thanks to the commitment and generous donations of its donors, the American Red Cross can be prepared to provide a steady, reliable and as safe as possible blood supply whenever and wherever it is needed.

Patients in the area rely on regular donations of blood by healthy donors to help daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, infants and neighbors. They might be injured in automobile accidents, or other trauma. They may rely on blood for burn or cancer treatments, or organ transplants. And one of these people could be you, the reader, who needs blood in a time of emergency.

In this region, the Red Cross regularly provides blood and blood products for patients in more than 80 hospitals and must collect more than 500 units each day to meet their needs. Even more is needed during the holiday season when donors fail to make their regular donation while at the same time demand rises.

Please, give a gift to someone who needs your donation of blood. It takes very little time, it's painless and it means so much. In fact each donation you make can help save up to three lives.

To be a blood donor, you must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. You can donate blood once every 56 days. The Red Cross especially needs type O blood donors, the universal blood type that can be transfused to any patient in an emergency and is often in high demand.

To schedule a blood donation call 345-4473 or to  locate a donation site near you contact the Midwest Region Blood Services at 1-800-Give Life. (448-3543)

The community of McCook is hosting a blood mobile on Wednesday Dec 18 9 a.m.-12 noon and Thursday Dec. 19 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory.

Sincerely,

Michael Bartling

American Red Cross

North Platte

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