Give blood, save a life


First Posted: 7/30/2009

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
The good news is that a single blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people, which is why organizers of a blood drive sponsored by The Mount Airy News want people to come out on Monday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Surry County American Red Cross office, and hopefully save a life.
The Mount Airy News is supporting the community by sponsoring this drive, said Ferris Simpson, the business manager at The News. Its a good opportunity for people to come out and help other people.
Ashley Gantt, donor recruitment representative with the local American Red Cross, said a company taking the time to sponsor a blood drive helps bring awareness to the community about the need for blood.
Companies who sponsor a blood drive help us reach into our community to people who might consider donating blood, or maybe never thought of the need for blood especially during the summer months when our inventory is usually lower, she said. The Mount Airy News is helping spread the word about the need for blood, especially O negative, B negative, and A negative, but all types are also needed.
And, its also helping to spread the importance of saving lives, she added.
The News is part of what use to be a large pool of company sponsors that participated in sponsoring blood drives for more than 20 years, but that number has decreased since many of the areas plants have closed.
Were still participating, and its a good thing for people to do something that could save lives, Simpson said. Hopefully, well have a good turnout and well hit our goal this year.
The donation goal this year is 40 units of blood. Last year the newspaper made a little more than its goal of 50 units.
Gantt said its important to give blood because its a simple way to save a life and plan ahead for those who may end up in an emergency requiring blood.
The blood has to be donated, tested and on the shelves ready for an emergency. Emergencies are never planned, so it is always better to be prepared, she said. I am a donor myself and know the rewarding feeling you get by saving someones life, even though you may never know who you have helped.
She also said that the Red Cross is trying to process donors in a more efficient manner, which is why its encouraging donors to make an appointment by calling The News at 786-4141 or Surry County Red Cross Chapter at 786-4183.
Before donation, donors are recommended to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the donation, eat a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner and drink a few extra glasses of water or fluids in the days before donation. Drinking 30 minutes before donation may help to reduce chance of dizziness or lightheadedness.
The Surry County American Red Cross office is at 844 Westlake Drive. For information about donating blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit redcrossblood.org.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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