Howard King, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, holds a cardboard cut-out of Clarissa Harlowe Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. MCR/Emily Black/File Photo
KINGMAN — Donating blood is very important, it can save a life.
That’s why the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. May 10 in the main room at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center, 1776 Airway Ave.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The organization says it’s essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.
“I believe in what the American Red Cross stands for,” said Patti Olson, a local volunteer for the organization. “I want to help the community, and giving blood could save a life.”
Some facts from the American Red Cross about blood donation:
- One donation can potentially save up to three lives
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
- Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.
- Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, log on to www.redcrossblood.org and enter KHCENTER as the sponsor code. The American Red Cross can also be reached at 1-800-733-2767.
The American Red Cross offers a Blood Donor App. It can be downloaded free and users can schedule an appointment, view blood pressure, and follow blood donations to the hospital.