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Don’t Take Blood For Granted

Thursday, December 1, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
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Blood is something most of us take for granted. We assume blood will be at the hospital when we need it. If it isn’t, the consequences can be devastating.

The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to provide hospital patients across Kansas with potentially life-saving blood. Blood is a perishable product, with a shelf-life of only 42 days, so it must be constantly replenished.

Red Cross is still recovering from a difficult summer, where collections hit a 12-year low. In just a few weeks, our staff from the Central Plains Region will be in your area collecting blood donations. I hope you will choose to give us an hour of your time and a pint of your blood. Even better, start a new tradition and invite a friend to join you!

The Seward County Community College Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Student Union. Make an appointment for this drive by calling 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or make an appointment online at

If you aren’t able to give at this drive, please go to this website, click on the box labeled "Make a Blood Donation Appointment” at the top of the home page and then you’ll be taken to a screen where you may enter your zip code to find another drive near your home or work.

Can’t donate blood? Don’t feel bad. Only 40 percent of people in the United States are able to donate. But, did you know you can help in other ways? Red Cross relies on volunteers to organize, promote and work at our community blood drives. If you are interested in volunteering, please call me at 316-648-4417.

When you support the Red Cross with your generous gift of blood or by volunteering your time, you support your community, state and country.


Krystle Jacobs

Donor Recruitment Representative

Central Plains Region

American Red Cross Blood Services

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