Blood need increases as donors decrease
Blood donation is something that comes close to my heart, and brings with it some concern. The Red Cross supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and many other services.
The need for blood donors increases each year, but it seems to be harder to make our quotas. Surgeries, disasters, accidents, shootings, wars—all play a part in this great need.
As older donors reach retirement age and beyond, they may be more likely to contrast illnesses or require medications that can prevent us from donating blood. Therefore, it is important that high school and college-age adults and others of all ages get in the habit of giving to ensure lifesaving blood is available for every patient when it is needed.
The need for blood is constant. Every day, patients in our communities are helped by donors who give at blood drives. You are helping to save somebody’s life. It makes a big difference for somebody else when we take the time to give blood. Blood is life. The need is constant, but the gratification is instant.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Hillsboro from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the First Mennonite Church. Appointments and walk-ins are always welcome. I am so grateful for all who do give faithfully each time.