Every month many Curry County residents roll up their sleeves to donate blood.
Don’t stop now.
The American Red Cross has again announced a significant drop in donations this summer. All blood types are needed, but especially O negative, which can be be used to treat any patient.
The Pilot encourages those who donated in recent months, especially those who did so for the first time, to keep giving blood as often as they can.
We also encourage those who haven’t donated blood before to seriously consider doing so. (A list of upcomingblood drives in Brookings and Gold Beach can be found on Page 5A.) A donor must be 17 years or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health.
Blood is a precious commodity that can be given freely. And with our aging population, who need transfusions for hip and knee surgeries and cancer treatments, now is the time to donate.
The Red Cross has responded to more than 40 major disasters – floods, tornadoes and wildfires – in more than 30 states during the past three months, officials said. Stories of people whose lives have been saved through transfusions from a readily available supply are too numerous to count, they said.
That is why the Pilot has and will continue to do its part by notifying our readers when the Red Cross is holding blood drives in the region.
In the meantime, people may schedule an appointment to give blood or learn more about blood drives by calling the Red Cross at (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.
Make an appointment today, and keep it.