Memorial Hospital hosting blood drive

About 62 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, but only about three percent donate.

To help with the blood shortage, Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive in partnership with American Red Cross.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S needs blood and blood donations are essential for surgeries, cancer treatments, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.

Just one donation can save up to three lives. The average red blood cell transfusion is three pints or three whole-blood donations. Denise Smith with the American Red Cross said, “American Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. That means that there is definitely a constant need for us to collect blood. Right now, the last few months we have had a serious decline in donors. So, that has brought about what is to us a critical need.”

The summer blood drive is going on until 5:30 at Memorial Hospital. Those who give blood will be entered to win gas for a year and also will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.

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