As Press staff writer Jennifer Sprouse reported in Monday’s paper, the American Red Cross has put out a plea for blood donations. It is in particular need of donors who have a blood type of either O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative.
“Because of this huge winter storm that has impacted 25 states, we now have a shortfall of 8,800 units of blood,” said Gwen Hunter, a Red Cross blood donor recruiter in East Tennessee.
There are a number of good reasons for donating blood, the most important one being that your donation could help save the life of a loved one, friend or colleague. You must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in general good health to give blood. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.
There are a number of chances to give in the coming days. The first is Saturday at the American Red Cross office, 818 Sunset Drive, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Another is Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. holiday) from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Johnson City/Washington County NAACP headquarters, 322 W. Watauga Ave.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call the Red Cross at 800-GIVE LIFE or 928-7541.