MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Just like first responder groups, the community blood supply must be ready and available when a patient needs it.
Lifeblood is asking for donors to pledge to be a First Blood Responder and donate three times in 2018, starting in January.
First Blood Responders will help to make sure blood is already at hospitals before emergencies and before disasters happen.
If each donor donates three times in 2018, a stable supply of all blood types will be created, and in turn, more lives will be saved.
“The 2017 year brought unfortunate situations, from hurricanes and wildfires to active shooters,” said Mitzi Breaux, Marketing and Communications Manager with Lifeblood.
“Through these situations, one thing remains the same; it’s the blood on the shelf that is donated before the tragedy that saves lives. We don’t know when or where the next emergency situation will arise.”
Donors can pledge to be a First Blood Responder at www.lifeblood.org/pledgetosave.
All January donors will receive a “Power to Change to the World” T-shirt, while supplies last.
All blood types are always needed, however, donations from donors with O negative type blood, which is the universal blood type and is most transfused in trauma situations, is in high demand year round.
Donors can find a donor center, hours of operation and can schedule an appointment to donate at www.lifeblood.org or call 888-543-3256. Walks in are welcome.
Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.
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