Easter Holiday Increases Urgency for Blood Donations

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Thomasville, GA -- April 4, 2012 --

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile made a stop at Thomas University Wednesday, April 4th.

"There's a national shortage, a local shortage. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. Each donation of blood saves three lives," said K. Etta Price, a student who coordinated the blood drive with the American Red Cross.

Blood donations are always in high demand. Right now, blood centers are hoping those with a certain type will step up and donate.

"We are in need of all types of blood, but we are definitely in need of O positive and O negative blood, being because they are the universal donor, the O negative," said Terrence Shields, a phlebotomist with the Red Cross.

According to the blood center at Stanford University, the most common blood types are 'A' positive at 35.7 percent, 'O' positive at 37.4 percent, but the universal donor, 'O' negative, is just 6.6 percent.

Instead of hunting for Easter eggs, blood banks are hunting for donors.

"Travel goes up, accidents go up, people wind up having to visit hospitals more so the need for blood absolutely goes up," said Claire Bowen of Southeastern Community Blood Center.

So if you want to make this holiday truly special, you can steal the Easter Bunny's thunder and hop on over to a blood bank and save someone's life.

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