Save 3 lives in one day — donate blood September 22!

Voluntary Action Center will host a community blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on September 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spirit Lake Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

For more information, or to make an appointment to donate, contact Amy Peterson at 712-336-4444 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org.

“Hosting a blood drive coincides with Voluntary Action Center’s core values of giving back to the community,” said Amy Peterson, Executive Director.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients, and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross.

The brief time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood. Donors of all types are needed.

“This is one of our most impactful volunteer opportunities,” Peterson said. “Here, you can save three lives.” Peterson routinely gives double red cells and proudly carries her donor card.

According to the World Health Organization:
The need for blood is great. Every day in the U.S., approximately 41,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident/trauma victims. In 2011, nearly 21 million blood components were transfused. With an aging population and advances in medical treatments and procedures requiring blood transfusions, there is always a need for blood and blood components.

Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent do so annually.

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