The Red Cross is hosting a blood drive this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson, and this Saturday at the Sugar Creek School in Galva.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.
Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. The need for blood doesn’t decrease though – every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood or platelets. In fact, a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showed that nearly half knew someone who needed blood or they needed blood themselves.
“Donating blood helps save lives and can affect people you know and work alongside every day,” said Scott Nethery, whose 7-year-old daughter Audrey requires frequent transfusions. Audrey was born with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare condition where her body doesn’t make enough red blood cells. “I am so appreciative of the individuals whose blood is within my daughter at this very moment. Without blood, my little angel would not be with us today.”
The Red Cross Blood drive in McPherson will go from noon to 6:00 on Tuesday, then again on Wednesday from 8 am until 1:00.
The Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 119 N. Elm St. in McPherson.
Donors of all blood types are needed. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org
or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross will also be hosting a blood drive this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Sugar Creek School north of Galva.