All day we’ve partnered with the American Red Cross for the Blood Saves Lives telethon and it’s your opportunity to schedule that appointment to give. This simple act only takes 8-10 minutes and only requires a good night’s sleep!
o Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.
o One blood donation may help save more than one life.
o Each day, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 2,500 platelet and about 13,000 blood donations at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
o Donated blood and platelets are perishable. Red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days, so they must be replenished constantly. There is no substitute for donated blood.
o Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
All day we’re hearing some of the incredible stories from both donors and recipients of Red Cross blood products. The American Red Cross depends on donations from generous volunteer blood and platelet donors every day to meet the needs of patients who depend on those lifesaving transfusions.
“It has become a family tradition”@AplinTeacher sharing why she gives blood and why it is so important!
You can join this life-saving work today by calling 803-234-2539 and making an appointment!
— Red Cross S. Carolina #GiveWithMeaning (@RedCrossSC) January 14, 2020