Written by Wolf Point Herald
This Halloween, Count Dracula is not the only one who needs your blood.
The American Red Cross reminds the community that regular blood donations are needed to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in local hospitals.
Eligible donors can make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by calling 800-RED-CROSS, 800-733-2767, or visiting redcrossblood.org.
The first of October marks the beginning of the Halloween season; but, for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims there is something much scarier than ghosts and goblins knocking on our doors asking for treats — not having blood available when it is needed.
Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions and the blood must be there before it is needed in order to save lives.
Every two seconds, someone in American needs blood. Each day, patients across the country receive approximately 38,000 units of this life-saving resource. This year alone, as many as four million patients will require blood transfusions, as accident victims, people undergoing surgery and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.
Any healthy person age 18, or age 16-17 with signed parental consent, or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Valid identification is required for all blood donations.
Please call the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767 to make an appointment to save lives at the Wolf Point blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, located at 415 Johnson St. Together, we can save a life.