Red Cross Thanks Blood Donors, Urges For MoreEditor's Choice
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Article Date: 08 Jan 2013 - 0:00 PST
Red Cross Thanks Blood Donors, Urges For More
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January is National Blood Donor Month, a month where the millions of blood and platelet donors are recognized and thanked by the American Red Cross for their life-saving contributions. Their donations help guarantee a steady and stable supply of blood for the overwhelming number of patients in need.
Some people have made a big difference and saved many lives through routinely donating blood. Bill Waerzeggers, from Wisconsin has been donating through the Red Cross every two weeks since 1970 and has given blood more than 680 times. He is an example of the kind of incredible commitment and effort that some people have made to ensure that there are always plentiful donations of blood.
"There are world-class athletes that can do certain things better than anyone else. I'm not good at this. I sit here and the staff does the work. Blood can't be found in a factory or a mill anywhere,It has to come from people, and it's a gift I don't mind giving."
The dedication that Bill has put into giving blood is mind blowing, and his commitment has been noticed by all who know him. His office even has a Red Cross that shines in it, as well as 10-gallon drums to symbolize the sheer amount of blood he has donated over his life.
Giving blood saves human livesThe Red Cross is extremely thankful to everyone who has given donations. January is usually the least busy time of the year for people to give blood, seeing as it's a time of increased seasonal illnesses. However, it is still important that there be a steady supply of blood, and the Red Cross would like to remind those who are still able to give blood to please donate and help the people whose lives depend on it.
It's estimated that around 111 million Americans (37% of the country's population) are able to donate blood, yet only 10% of people make annual donations. Last year the World Health Organization stressed the importance of encouraging healthy young people to make frequent donations.
In order to make a donation, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. They will ask a few questions about your medical background to ensure that you are healthy, you will have to bring an ID card, you must be at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds.
Written by Joseph Nordqvist
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