Red Cross seeks additional blood donors this summer

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 10:28 a.m. CDT

While many volunteers responded to the emergency call for blood donations from the American Red Cross in July, donors of all blood types are still needed this summer.

Blood products are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in. Blood and platelets are needed for many reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant recipients, as well as those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease, may depend on lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

The Red Cross, on behalf of the hospitals and patients it serves, appreciates all those who take the time to help save lives.

A Creston community blood drive will be held noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 N. Sumner. Call Betty Wallace at 641-782-2677 or make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org.

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