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Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations

Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

Huntsville Blood Drive

Alabama’s Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donors.  They are estimating that their reserve is less than a day’s supply.  A representative from the Red Cross has stated they are unsure if they have enough to ensure that local hospitals have what they need.  In some cases, hospitals are having to postpone some elective surgeries.  Residents are encouraged to come out to donate because one pint of blood can save as many as three lives.  Also, blood collected in the Huntsville area goes to help hospitals in Alabama, the Mississippi coast, and the Florida panhandle.  The Red Cross needs all blood types but there is a special request for type O and type B.

Surprisingly, I found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently restricted gifts to blood donors such as gift cards, sports tickets, and similar things of value.  Tammy Barnes, the North Alabama district director of LifeSouth, says this has really hurt the number of donors in the area.  There are movie tickets and free t-shirts available to local donors, but no more restaurant or shopping gift cards.  The summer vacation season has also hurt the number of donations with an estimated 20% of donors coming from high school and college students (who are now on summer vacation).

I encourage you all to try to assist the Red Cross with a blood donation.  Remember, just ONE PINT can save as Huntsville Blood Drivemany as THREE LIVES.  One little deed can do so much to help others.  With the upcoming holiday, there can be an increase in accidents and injuries and you just don’t know what type of difference you can make.  So if you are able to donate, please go out and support the Red Cross and give blood.  You never know it might just save a life!!

 

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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