Summer might be drawing to a close, but the need for blood is constant. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, a time when many blood donors may be vacationing, the American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that they can donate blood every 56 days.
“Donating blood is especially important during the summer months when many donors take vacations,” said Tricia Rubens, CEO of the Red Cross Blood Services Midwest Region. “The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation, which makes it important for those eligible to donate regularly.”
If you’ve already donated blood this summer, be a dedicated donor by making an appointment to give again. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days so every donation counts.
Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to learn how you can change a life, starting with your own.
The Elgin blood drive will be Thursday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Blood drives are now being coordinated so all donors can participate at the EHS and Pope John sites.
Persons interested in donation blood should call Lori Widger at 843-5789 for an appointment.