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Give Count Dracula the boot this Halloween. Don’t give him your blood, instead donate to Red Cross | Health

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Give Count Dracula the boot this Halloween. Don’t give him your blood, instead donate to Red Cross

Atlanta,GA--  This Halloween, Count Dracula is not the only one who needs your blood. The American Red Cross reminds us that regular blood donations are needed to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in our local hospitals.  

The first of October marks the beginning of the Halloween season; but, for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims there is something much scarier than ghosts and goblins knocking on our doors asking for treats—not having blood available when it is needed. Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions, and the blood must be there before it is needed in order to help save lives.

This summer the Red Cross had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community’s hospitals and the patients they serve. The extremely high temperatures kept donors inside; most schools were not in session to hold blood drives; and we experienced a high number of donors who were unable to keep their appointments. Therefore, to continue to meet the needs of hospital patients, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to please make and keep an appointment to donate blood this Halloween season.

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Each day, patients across the country receive approximately 38,000 units of this life-saving resource. This year alone, as many as four million patients will require blood transfusions including accident victims, people undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.

Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-1767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.



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