To the editor:

Younger blood donors needed

To the editor:

Blood donation is something that comes close to my heart and brings with it some concerns. The Red Cross supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and many other services. The need for blood donors increase each year but it seems to be harder to make our quotas. Surgeries, disasters, accidents, shootings, and wars all play a part in this great need.

As older donors reach retirement age and beyond, they may be more likely to contract illnesses or require medications that can prevent us from donating blood. Therefore, it is important that high school, college-aged adults, and others of all ages get in the habit of giving to ensure lifesaving blood is available for every patient when it is needed.

The need of blood is constant. Donors who give at blood drives help everyday patients in our communities. These donations help save lives! It makes a big difference for somebody else when we take the time to give blood.

Blood is life; the need is constant but the gratification is instant.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Hillsboro from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22 at First Mennonite Church. Appointments and walk-ins are always welcome. We are so grateful for all those who do give faithfully each time.

Gladys Funk
Chairperson

 

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