For The Record
With summer right around the corner, many people are now planning their summer activities and vacations.
After all, summer is a time to create lifelong memories. When eligible donors give blood with the American Red Cross, they can also give others time to make their own memories — watching fireworks, having a picnic, sleeping under the stars, taking a dip or rooting for the home team.
Blood donations often decline during the summer, when schools are out and vacations are in.
The Red Cross encourages donors to make an appointment to give now to help ensure a stable supply in the weeks and months ahead, giving patients a chance to create a summer of stories.
The Red Cross serves about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including many Veterans Affairs medical centers. There is no substitute for human blood.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Hesston Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 21 from 11:30 am to 6 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church located at 309 S. Main in Fellowship Hall.
Come in and enjoy a sandwich and homemade pie!
How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.