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The red cross needs your blood

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate.

The American Red Cross has to import blood from other states since donations are so low.  The Red Cross Southern Blood Services has new initiatives to get you to give blood.

How about two free Delta Airline Tickets or some free Nascar Racing gear?  What happens when you donate?

"We take your health histories. That's the confidential screening. We ask you a series of questions and we give you a mini physical," said Susanne Mcnair.

Safety precautions have to be met in order to donate blood. "It's to make sure that you're safe in donating, but also to make sure that the patient in hospital receiving blood is safe," said Mcnair.

The blood will be used to help save lives. "Blood is used for a number of things. Trauma patients or people undergoing cancer treatments or a person with sickle cell.

The only way the blood bank can continue to assist those in need is through donors. "Volunteer donations are the only source of blood. So it's very important for people to come donate and make that a regular part of their day," said Mcnair.

You can give blood every 56 days and up to 6 times a year. "One unit can save up to 3 lives. So you can make the difference in someone's life," said Mcnair.

They have a sweet way to close the deal. "After the blood donation is everyone's favorite part: juice and cookies," said Mcnair.

It's quick and easy to donate. The whole process takes about 15 minutes. The Blood donation center is at 1515 Dawson Road. 

This Wednesday The Red Cross will be having a blood drive at Phoebe Putney Hospital. It's from 10am- 6pm in the Solarium.

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