The American Red Cross has issued an emergency need for blood donors this month, and luckily a blood drive scheduled Tuesday in our area offers the perfect venue to ramp up supplies at area blood banks
Tuesday's annual American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter Media Day Blood Drive means local residents have the opportunity to do something extraordinary anytime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
The goal is 120 units of blood, and Western-Southern Life will offer a free child fingerprinting and identification card program at the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Entertainment, as well as prizes and drawings are planned at Tuesday's blood drive, but beyond that is a dire need for all blood types to aid patients at area hospitals.
The summertime brings a need for blood that sometimes isn't met. People are out and about more. Accidents happen and blood is needed. Regular donors are on vacation or busy with their outdoor activities and don't think about making blood donations.
It's important to note that one unit of donated blood can help save the lives of three people.
And the need is great. From the child injured in an accident to the cancer patient undergoing treatment, your decision to donate blood can be a life-and-death matter.
It's a simple action, and a selfless one. There is a questionnaire to fill out, a simple health check involving temperature, pulse and blood condition before the donation is made.
The skilled professionals who take the donations make giving blood quick, painless and effortless on the part of the donor.
Raise your game, and, as the slogan for the 2012 Media Day Blood Drive says, "Be Extraordinary. Donate Blood."