Donating blood is one of the most common ways people choose to give back to their communities, and the demand for blood in hospitals is always high. Despite the high demand and the general recognition of its importance, only about a fourth of the people who are able to donate blood do.
Many people are not aware of just how important blood donations can be. Approximately one of every seven people admitted to the hospital need blood. Many different people experiencing a large range of conditions require blood provided through donation. Some examples of patients who may need blood are
There are several blood types, and the rarer ones are always in higher demand. One of the rarest types of blood, O negative, can be given to patients of any blood type, so donations of O negative blood are especially needed.
If you do not know what blood type you are, it may be helpful to find out. If your blood type is rare, your blood donation would be especially appreciated. However, all donations – no matter the type – are always needed and valued.
If you have never donated blood before, there are a few things that are helpful to know about the process.
Almost everyone is eligible to give blood. However, there are a few select circumstances where a person may be unable to give blood. If any of the following apply to you, you may need to wait to donate blood:
Most of these circumstances do no prevent you from donating blood entirely; they may just require that you wait for some time before you become eligible to give blood.
Cordele will be hosting its very own blood drive at Crisp Regional Hospital on Monday, May 14th from 9:30 am to 5:30 PM. The City of Cordele 5th Annual Badgers for Life Blood Drive will be held in honor and memory of Marty Trail and Tyler Parker.
Blood donors will receive:
If you have any questions, or if you would like more information, call 1-888-9-DONATE. Additionally, you can make an appointment by visiting oneblood.org.
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