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Don't let fear keep you from giving blood
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Are you afraid to give blood? You may be afraid of needles, but what about a patient awaiting a blood transfusion? That patient may be afraid of dying. It’s easier to give blood when you look at it from both sides.
Pinch yourself. The momentary discomfort is similar to what a blood donation needle feels like. A quick pinch and that’s it – you are donating blood. In about eight to 10 minutes, you’ll be finished.
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Your one blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives because the blood can be separated into red cells, plasma and platelets to treat patients with different needs.
Blood is often needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint replacements, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia and cancer treatments, and much more.
The next donation time in Warren County is April 10 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Caney Fork Electric on Smithville Highway.
How to donate blood:
Simply call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org 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 drivers license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.