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Patients rely on dedicated blood donors

December 22, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

Red Cross reminds donors that need for blood doesn't pause for holidays

Every day, patients across the nation rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. Nearly 5 million patients need blood transfusions every year. Generous donors in the Reinbeck Community can help the Red Cross meet patient needs by giving blood.

"Accident victims can require up to 100 pints of blood, but they aren't the only people who rely on blood transfusions." said Greg Novinskai, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. "The blood you donate through the Red Cross can also help cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and many others."

The blood supply is particularly vulnerable during the holiday season because donors travel and spend time with family and friends and may forget to schedule a donation appointment. Because red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days, it is vital for those eligible to give blood regularly.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

You can donate blood Friday, December 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Reinbeck Community Blood Drive, Reinbeck Memorial Building, 208 Broad Street. To make an appointment, simply call Irma Thede (788-2388) or Mary Lou Moser (345-28140).

How to donate blood:

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent ) weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. If you need more information on blood donation, call the RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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