Manchester had a great turnout for their community blood drive last week.
Ninety-four generous donors walked through the doors of the Delaware County Community Center last Wednesday to give the gift of life – their donations in that one day have the potential to save 303 lives.
Volunteer Coordinator Marcia Burkle says it was an amazing response from the community, but it’s a drop in the bucket in impacting the national blood crisis that’s happening right now.
Regional Medical Center’s Lab Manager Ann Wilson-Grant and Medical Technologist Joyce Funke agree.
Funke says the low blood supply could have a local impact on Regional Medical Center patients.
Thirty-seven percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – but only about three percent of the population does. That’s why they’re hoping new donors will step up – or more current donors will make the effort to give more often.
If you weren’t able to donate last Wednesday, there are more opportunities coming up – and the first one is today. Regional Medical Center is holding a blood drive today from 9:30 to 3:30 in the Veterans Education Center – use Parking Lot 1, Entrance B. You can also donate on Wednesday, February 9th at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Manchester from 1 to 5:30 or at the next community blood drive on Wednesday, February 23rd from 11 to 5:30 at the Delaware County Community Center.
To set up your appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
photos courtesy of Marcia Burkle