Desperate Need for Blood Products is Overwhelming
It only takes an hour of time to make a huge difference in another’s life. And that can be accomplished simply by donating blood.
Right now, there is a shortage of productive units of blood in northeast Ohio, which includes our community. Due to the extreme weather conditions experienced in recent weeks, there is a month –to-date shortfall of just over 900 units. This is of extreme concern to the Red Cross as patients depend on those units to meet transfusion needs.
Please take this under consideration on Thursday, February 10th, when the monthly ARC/ACH blood drive will be held in conference room 1-A from 12 noon until 6 p.m. “We desperately need donors! The needs right now are overwhelming, and we cannot impress enough on our community the difference an hour of their time and a unit of blood will make for another individual,” shares Wendy Tabellion, ACH blood drive committee member.
Donors must be in general good health, weigh no less than 110 pounds, be at least 17 years of age or 16 years of age with parental permission, and able to provide a photo ID at the time of their donation.
The ACH blood drive committee is sponsoring the February 10th drive. All donors will receive a small gift as a token of appreciation for taking the time to make a difference in the life of others. There will also be a drawing for a gift tote for all eligible donors.
Each unit of blood has the capacity of making a difference for three individuals. Given the extreme need for blood right now, we are asking our community to step up and help to make a big difference for the community.