|A Low Blood Supply is Enough to Scare Anyone|
Give a Treat this Halloween, Give Blood or Platelets
(NASHVILLE, Tenn. October 4, 2012) Ghosts, Monsters, Mummies and Vampires – it’s fun to be scared on Halloween. From fake blood to fake teeth, trick-or-treaters are serious in their pursuit of candy.
The American Red Cross is also serious around Halloween – serious about preventing a blood shortage. While there are many ways to create fake blood, there is no substitute for the real thing. Blood and platelets must come from volunteer donors, yet studies show only three in 100 people give blood. The Tennessee Valley Blood Region serves 57 hospitals and must have approximately 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to treat hospital patients in your community and across the country.
You can stay one step ahead of the vampires this Halloween by donating whole blood or platelets. Your lifesaving donation is the perfect treat and the best way to scare off a blood shortage.
Please visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation to make your appointment to donate blood.
Locally, you may give blood throughout the month of October:
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.