Yes, the summertime is here. There are plenty of reasons to be happy about: you can enjoy the sun, the holiday, the fun with friends past midnight. However, summer is also the season when hospitals need their blood donors the must. If you think you fit the profile of a donor, then it is within your reach to help those in need!
Summer means that the supplies of blood in hospitals run out. Why? Precisely because blood donors are away, busy with their summer vacation and relaxing time. After all, who can blame them?
The American Red Cross draws people’s attention that all blood types are needed in order to restore the supplies. There are also certain requirements that blood donors have to meet before signing up as volunteers: they have to be about 110 pounds, and with a good health status. Another condition is that 56 days must have passed since their last blood donation, as this is the time required by the blood cells to recover. Double red cells require a larger period to recover, namely 112 days.
The requirements are stronger for minors under 16 years of age. Some additional paperwork may also be required from them.
The Red Cross also thought of ways of determining people to donate, by announcing that those who want to do it in these critical times, will receive some rewards from Amazon. The campaign lasts until the end of August.
The last cry for help from the Red Cross came last month, at the beginning of July. One of the officials, Bill Brent, said on behalf of the Red Cross that they were dealing with an emergency. He also complains about the lack of blood during summer:
“Typically we get that blood during the school year. hen summertime months come along, those donors go down by 50 percent.”
The situation is critical, as reports show that in the United States every sixty seconds, no less than thirty persons are in need of blood.
Only a short visit to the nearest specialized clinic is enough from you to save somebody’s life. Hospitals and patients alike are very much thankful to their blood donors, for paying attention to their needs and not neglecting human suffering. There are certainly many people who think blood donors are heroes.
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