TOPEKA, Kan. -- Blood donations through the American Red Cross are at their lowest level in 15 years and anyone who is eligible is urged to schedule a time to give blood now.
People with all blood types are needed, and donors with blood types O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time.
The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross will host a blood drive on Monday, August 13, from 2:00pm-5:15pm. To sign up, call Meghan Spreer at (785) 354-9236 or email Meghan.Spreer@redcross.org.
“We need to do our part and help out those in need,” said Meghan Spreer, Communications Director for the Red Cross. “Your donation can make a difference!”
JUST TWO MORE - The Red Cross estimates that if just two more people above the number expected at a collection donated blood through the rest of the summer, there would be enough on the shelves to meet patient needs. Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment today to donate.
WHO CAN GIVE - Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give blood with parental permission. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
FIRST TIME DONORS - If someone is giving blood for the first time, they should remember to bring their driver’s license or two other forms of ID with them, as well as a list of any medications they are taking. To learn more about giving blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org.