The need for blood is constant. Red Cross officials report that severe weather across much of the country is expected to create a blood shortage.
Due to winter storm Hercules and deep snow and freeze across many parts of the north and east, “the American Red Cross expects blood drive cancellations and low donor turnouts in these areas,” wrote Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Benjamin in a press release.
“After meeting with the Donor Recruitment Account Manager and learning more about the shortage in blood donations due to the winter storms in the East Coast, we were more than happy to commit to hosting another year of quarterly blood drives on our campus,” said Lisa Palermo, campus director of Globe University-Woodbury. “It is our goal to help not only those in our community in need, but those in other communities that need our help by donating.”
Where and When to Donate?
Every day, patients are helped by donors who give at blood drives. That is why Globe University-Woodbury partners with the American Red Cross to host quarterly blood drives.
The next blood drive at Globe University-Woodbury campus: Tuesday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (schedule your appointment online at www.redcross.org or sign up at the drive.)
Why Donate Blood?
Thanks to those who donate at blood drives, the American Red Cross collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Because of these generous supporters, the Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small, provide 24-hour support to members of the military, collect and distribute about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, offer international humanitarian relief, and train millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills.
“You are helping to save somebody’s life,” said Shelli Miller, mother of three children who all required blood products. “It takes such a little amount of time to make a difference for somebody else. There’s not a better gift that you can give anybody.”
Did you Know? (According to the Red Cross)
- Everyday heroes first stocked, and then restocked, our shelves when severe winter weather struck earlier this year and forced the cancellation of about 1,500 blood drives. Donors of all blood types continued to be needed.
- It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps to save lives when weather strikes.
- Blood drives were affected across 34 states and the District of Columbia in January and February resulting in more than 50,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
- Eligible donors with Rh negative blood types are encouraged to give double red cells where available. Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood.
- Every day, donated blood helps save lives. A hospital served by the Red Cross recently needed more than 150 units of type AB plasma for one patient over the course of a month.
Nervous About Giving Blood?
Many first-time donors will come to blood drives with the fear of blood or needles. However, most first-timers find the donation process is easy and relatively painless. Below are a few tips on how to get past that fear to help those in need.
- Bring moral support: Bring a friend or family member for support and celebrate your accomplishment of generosity afterward. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel for helping others in need.
- Know what to expect: Research the donor process and eligibility requirements so you are familiar and confident before you donate.
- Realize how you are helping: By donating one pint of blood you are helping save at least three lives.
- It’s really not that bad: Donors are able to listen to music, read a book or talk to fellow donors during the process. They make it as comfortable of a process for the donors because they are truly something special by helping save lives.