Re­solve to give blood dur­ing ARC drive in Rock­mart Tues­day, Jan 12.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­ports Doris Scott, blood drive co­or­di­na­tor, left, watches donor sign in dur­ing re­cent Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Drive.

This Jan­uary, dur­ing Na­tional Blood Donor Month, the Amer­i­can Red Cross en­cour­ages peo­ple to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help main­tain a suf­fi­cient blood sup­ply.

Lo­cal donors can give dur­ing the Com­mu­nity Blood Drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 2016. The event will be held at the Nathan Dean Cen­ter, 604 Goodyear St., Rock­mart.

Since 1970, Na­tional Blood Donor Month has been ob­served in Jan­uary to not only honor blood and platelet donors, but also to help in­crease do­na­tions dur­ing the win­ter months. Main­tain­ing a suf­fi­cient blood sup­ply for pa­tients is dif­fi­cult at this time of year be­cause ex­treme win­ter weather and sea­sonal ill­nesses of­ten im­pact donor turnout.

Karla Ess­miller be­came a blood donor in col­lege, but the im­por­tance of giv­ing blood hit home when sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers had med­i­cal emer­gen­cies. “It only takes once sit­ting in a hos­pi­tal, pray­ing that your loved one will live through the day, to know how thank­ful you are for ev­ery sin­gle thing done to help them,” she said. “Do­nat­ing blood is a sim­ple gift that I can make that may help up to 3 peo­ple live an­other day. That makes me feel like a hero.”

Donors with all blood types are needed, es­pe­cially those with types AB, O, B neg­a­tive and A neg­a­tive. To make an ap­point­ment to do­nate blood, down­load the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit red­cross­ or call 1-800RED CROSS (1-800-7332767).

Donors can do­nate blood by down­load­ing the Amer­i­can Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit red­cross­blood. org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an ap­point­ment or for more in­for­ma­tion. All blood types are needed to en­sure a re­li­able sup­ply for pa­tients.

A blood donor card or driver’s li­cense or two other forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion are re­quired at check-in. In­di­vid­u­als who are 17 years of age (16 with parental con­sent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in gen­er­ally good health may be el­i­gi­ble to do­nate blood. High school stu­dents and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet cer­tain height and weight re­quire­ments.

Blood donors can now save time at their next do­na­tion by us­ing RapidPass to com­plete their pre-do­na­tion read­ing and health history ques­tion­naire on­line, on the day of their do­na­tion, prior to ar­riv­ing at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit red­cross­ RapidPass and fol­low the in­struc­tions on the site.

Agnes Hagfin/SJ

Agnes Ha­gin/SJ

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