December 10, 2007
Albany -- The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season is in full swing. And while shoppers look for that perfect gift, one gift they may not consider could be a life saving one - the gift of life.
"It's our duty, it is our responsibility to help make that goal everyday. When we don't, especially with the holidays coming up - if we don't get that goal daily - by the end of the week, we're already 3,000 or 4,000 units in the hole. Not only do we have to make that up, but we still have to get more to maintain," says Andrea Tatum with the American Red Cross.
To maintain a solid blood supply, 1,200 units must be produced daily from the assorted Red Cross chapters in the district. New research suggests that of the 177 million adults in the U.S. , 111 million are eligible to donate blood. But local Red Cross chapters are faced with low blood donations.
Just 30 minutes every 6 months or one hour out of the year; if every person eligible to donate blood would give twice a year, the gift of life would never be in short demand.
Click below for links to local American Red Cross chapters.
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