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American Red Cross urging blood donors


To the Editor:

The local supply of type O-negative blood is currently at insufficient levels. As the quantity of blood donors typically decreases during the winter months, the American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood.

While the American Red Cross is part of a national inventory system, O-negative and B-negative donors are being asked to give blood as soon as they can. Since the current, poor weather conditions have made it difficult for some people to travel, the American Red Cross reminds your community members that the Flint donor center remains open for business.

People with type O-negative blood are unique. Just 7% of the American population has type O-negative blood, yet 100% of the population can safely receive it. For that reason, it is often used to treat victims of trauma and in emergency situations when the patient's blood type is unknown.

Please help replenish the local blood supply by donating at one of the Flint Donor Center, 1401 South Grand Traverse, Flint. Hours are Mon. and Wed. 12-5:45 p.m.; Fri 9am-2:45 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

—Monica Stoneking

American Red Cross

Great Lakes Blood Services

www.redcrossmichigan.org


January 13, 2010

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