Updated: 06/26/2014 5:27 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 4:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath
Summer is one of the toughest times for the Red Cross to get the crucial blood donations patients across our area need. That's why News10NBC has teamed up with the Red Cross to help get blood to people who need it most right here in our community.
The "100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope" blood drive started at 12 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel on Jefferson Road in Henrietta.
We spoke with one man who started donating blood later in life when he saw wounded young soldiers suffering. Vietnam veteran Paul Gill said, “A lot of these fellas come back and they're in for more and more operations. You see a lot of them over at the VA. There's a need, there's a big need.”
Through his time spent at VA hospitals, Gill has gotten to know injured soldiers in need of blood. He says that’s part of what drives him to keep coming back. “You just feel fortunate for yourself and you wish that you could do anything for them.”
Many donors we spoke with today agree. They feel obligated to come and give life to those in need and the Red Cross says it’s especially important in summer months. Gill said, “It doesn't cost anything. It's free to help another person and it's the right thing to do.”
Blood donation facts from the American Red Cross Blood Services:
There are four easy steps to donating blood:
For Red Cross eligibility guidelines and appointment scheduling, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.