And help the American Red Cross out of an “emergency” situation.
This post is an appeal for blood donations. According to an article in USA TODAY, the national blood supply of the American Red Cross is at its lowest level in 15 years—”there are half as many readily available blood products today than at the same time last year.” From the 7-28-12 article (See link below).
“In a worst-case scenario, more serious procedures — things like liver transplants that require a lot of blood — will not start until there is enough blood on the shelves,” says Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer for the Red Cross. “We need to do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t get to that point.”
The Red Cross reached emergency levels June 25, with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. There are half as many readily available blood products today than at the same time last year. America’s Blood Centers, which collects 50% of the nation’s blood, says donations have been tight but not at the same emergency levels as the Red Cross.
Benefits of Giving Blood:
- The great feeling that comes with helping to save lives.
- A free check of your blood pressure and pulse.
- A relaxing respite from a hectic day in the city.
- Maybe a free Total Cholesterol Report. I say “maybe” because at the New York Blood Center this week, they told me that they’re no longer providing that service. But you should ask for it when you donate; I believe that you need to donate whole blood instead of platelets if you want your total cholesterol score sent to you in the mail.
Bear in mind that the New York Blood Center is not affiliated with the American Red Cross. Yesterday, I wanted to find out if the Red Cross is still offering the cholesterol test, but was unable to do so. In the past, they sent it to me in the mail within a few weeks. This must be at least a $100 value.
Make an appointment today. But even without the free cholesterol test (which I really don’t need anymore), we should all donate blood regularly. Just be sure and ask for the test if you want it. If enough people request it, maybe they’ll start providing it again.
- To give blood anywhere in the USA: Visit this Red Cross website.
- To give blood in New York City: Contact the New York Blood Center.
I gave blood on Tuesday in New York City. I usually give blood in the MetLife building just up the escalator from Grand Central Station in New York. While they prefer an appointment, they have never turned me away when I just walked in the door. The whole process takes less than an hour. I walked into the blood center at 1:55 and was able to catch a 2:34 train out of Grand Central Station.
Click here to make an appointment. I did yesterday morning and they emailed me this note immediately:
Dear JAMES HICKS,
Thank you for scheduling an appointment to save a life. Your whole blood donation is scheduled at:
MetLife Donor Center
200 Park Avenue, Lobby Level, NEW YORK, NY 10017
Tuesday Jul 31, 2012 at 2:15PM
Just do it. You’ll be glad you did.
- Source article. Red Cross says blood supply at lowest level in 15 years
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