Emergency Blood Shortage and the Need to Donate Now

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The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage, and members are encouraging you to donate now.

“I really can’t think of anything better to do with 30 or 45 minutes of my day,” blood donor John Antes said.

Every two seconds somebody in the United States needs blood, and donating today could help save three lives in the future.

The American Red Cross is urging donors to give blood, especially during the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage. The American Red Cross did today’s blood drive at Schuyler Hospital, where community members came out to help save a life.

“When you donate blood at your local hospital, or for your local hospital, it does save us funds on the blood that we need to purchase,” Executive Director of Community Relations for Schuyler Hospital Michelle Benjamin said. “Just think about anytime that you may have an accident, or a friend of yours has an accident or goes into surgery, there’s pints and pints of blood that are needed and all of that blood needs to come from volunteer donors.”

Statistics alone already support why you should donate, but there is many other reasons why each person chooses to give blood.

“Well, my father had to have a blood transfusion done a year or two ago and was in ICU for quite a while,” blood donor Rhonda Roemer-Stephanie said. “He received quite a few units of blood. Part of it is just in honor of him. If somebody wouldn’t have donated for my father, he could have passed away.”

“Because I think it’s an important thing to do,” blood donor Matthew Hayden said. “It’s a nice way to be able to give back to the community. Even though you’re not directly affecting someone that you know, it’s inherent that it’s going to benefit someone down the line or multiple people.”

It only takes less than an hour of your day to help save the lives of others.

“I would just highly encourage anybody that has a little time,” Roemer-Stephanie said. “It makes a big difference. They have that slogan ‘live to give’, and I think that’s a great way to look at it. You need to live to give to others.”

To find a blood drive near you, click here.

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