News10NBC's Annual Blood Drive
Take some time to donate blood. News10NBC’s annual blood drive with the American Red Cross is at the Double Tree Inn on Jefferson Road from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27.
Blood donation facts from the American Red Cross Blood Services:
- The summer season historically sees a decline in blood donations due to many blood donors vacationing and fewer blood drives being sponsored by schools.
- The need for blood is constant. It’s the blood that is already on the shelves that helps save lives before, during and after a disaster.
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed each day across the United States.
- Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
- Only 5 percent of the eligible population donates blood.
- In New York State, individuals who are at least 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.
There are four easy steps to donating blood:
2) Private medical history review with trained specialists and mini-physical including blood pressure, temperature, pulse and iron level check
3) Blood donation for approximately 7-10 minutes
4) Rest and enjoy refreshments.
For Red Cross eligibility guidelines and appointment scheduling, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.