Be a summertime hero; give blood
Schools are letting out for the summer and many families are making plans for vacations and plenty of outdoor activities. So who’s thinking about giving blood? Blood banks. World Blood Donor Day was Tuesday, June 14, and the Blood Bank of Delmarva has put out the clarion call once again for healthy folks across the Delmarva Peninsula to help mark the occasion by giving up a pint, or some platelets, sometime this month.
The Blood Bank of Delmarva serves 1.6 million residents and 18 hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula and has more than 125,000 families as members. More than 2,100 business and organizations sponsor and support the organization.
According to the American Red Cross, the summer months can be an especially difficult time to keep a sufficient supply of blood on hand for transfusions. People get busy with summer leisure activities, and travel plans may reduce their availability to give. But the need for blood remains constant and critical. And that’s precisely the point of World Blood Donor Day.
Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs a lifesaving transfusion. That’s a lot of blood, and that’s why blood banks are always keeping their needles sharp.
All types of blood are always needed, from the most common O positive (about 40 percent of the population) to the rarest AB negative (1 percent or less). If it’s red, they’ll take it.
Blood can be safely donated by a healthy person every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days — up to 24 times a year. Those who are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
When you show up, you’ll undergo a mini-physical where your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level will be checked. The actual donation process takes about 10 minutes in a safe, sterile environment where you’ll be comfortably seated.
Donating blood has many benefits. It feels great to donate. You get free juice and cookies. It’s something you can spare. You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed — maybe by you or by someone you care about. Just one donation can help save the lives of as many as three people. For more information, go to https://www.delmarvablood.org. For a list of donor centers and mobile blood drives for the Blood Bank of Delmarva, go to https://www.delmarvablood. org/donate/blood-donation-sites/#blood-drive-locations or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 to make an appointment to donate blood.
Roll up your sleeve, and be somebody’s hero.