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Laid Off? Use the Time to Donate Blood


Red Cross Centers across the United States are noting that business are canceling blood drives. Summer blood donations are often down due to vacations and closed high schools, but there is concern that the decline may also be due to the increased lay-offs from major corporations.

Blood donations are always in need. Routine surgery and medical care are constant needs for the donated blood. Disasters like the California fires or major vehicle accidents create increased need for donated blood.

Donating blood is safe and simple process. It take about an hour of your time. So if you have been laid off consider giving one hour of your free time to help out your community. Even if you haven’t been laid off, perhaps consider using a lunch hour to do so.

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Your donation could possible affect the lives of three different people as each unit donated is typically split into at least three different transfusion products: platelets, plasma and red cells. Each of those products can go to three different patients who need them.

Donors must be in general good health, at least 17 years of age (or 16 with written parental consent), and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Donors should have their blood donor card or a photo ID at the time they donate and cannot have donated blood within the past 56 days.

Some centers are using prizes to lure donors in. For example, the Conway Regional Medical Center is holding a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross Tuesday and Wednesday in the Cafetorium, located in the medical center. Hours are 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. -1 p.m. Wednesday. Those making a donation may enter in a drawing for two tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert on Dec. 19 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

For more information about donating blood, visit www.conwayregional.org.

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