February 17, 2009

Donate blood during American Heart Month

By giving blood through the American Red Cross in the next few weeks, eligible donors can help save the lives of up to three people during American Heart Month.

The winter months can be a challenging time for the blood supply since blood donations can decline week-to-week and day-to-day as poor weather conditions can make it hard to travel to donate. Those up-again, down-again donations can contribute to blood shortages, particularly of high demand blood types like Type O-negative.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org for information. If you are at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to present positive identification.

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