Butler County Times Gazette
  • Letter to the Editor: Blood drive makes vital contribution

  • Giving blood is one of the most selfless acts an individual can do.
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  • To the Gazette:
    Each and every day, patients throughout the Augusta area, and throughout the country, rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving healthcare. Cancer patients, accident victims, people undergoing surgery and people with some chronic illness may all need blood. Eighty people donated blood at the Augusta blood drive on Aug. 10th and they made a significant impact on the lives of others. For that, the American Red Cross thanks you.
    Giving blood is one of the most selfless acts an individual can do. The hour it takes to give the gift of life can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical need.
    The Red Cross would like to thank Carol Unrein and all of the wonderful volunteers from First Baptist Church in helping make the blood drive such a success.
    Our next Augusta Community blood drive is scheduled for Friday, October 12 at the United Methodist Church.
    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 permission 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. 
    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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
    Teresa Fraley
    American Red Cross
    Donor Recruitment
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