December 5, 2013

Red Cross Encourages Eligible Donors To Give Gift Of Life

Blood donations could be the gift of life to people like Lauren McCrary, who was immediately hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She received more than 140 blood and platelet transfusions. Now in remission, she serves as the blood drive coordinator at the high school where she works.

“I can never repay the donors who helped save my life, but I can remind others that giving blood is truly the gift that means something,” Lauren said. “The blood I received has helped me celebrate more holiday seasons with my family.”

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give what could be the most meaningful gift of the season to someone. Appointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities include a December 27 blood drive from 3-7 p.m. at the Downing Christian Church.

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.

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