Youth Empowered by American Red Cross Summer Program

Youth partners play an important role in helping ensure a stable blood supply

During the lazy days of summer, schools are out of session, yet local young adults are staying very active. In fact, 16- to 24-year-olds throughout the Oshkosh community are changing lives by partnering with the American Red Cross. 

Live. Give. Life. is a Red Cross program to engage 16- to 24-year-olds to organize blood drives and recruit their peers to give blood during the summer. The program provides an opportunity for youth to experience social responsibility and learn the importance of community service while playing an active role in maintaining a stable blood supply.

 WHAT:          Live. Give. Life. Blood Donation Opportunities

WHO:            Yee Lor, Youth blood drive coordinator               

                           American Red Cross staff

WHEN:         Friday, June 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:      American Red Cross Office (Tower West Building); 540 W. Washburn Street,Oshkosh.

Live. Give. Life.  is also rewarding. All presenting blood donors at these special youth blood drives scheduled between June 1 and August 31, 2012 will receive a tangle free ear bud code-card with a unique PIN number that can be entered online for a chance to win prizes. Additionally, high schools that host summer blood drives will earn an additional $500 for their school’s 2012-2013 Red Cross Young Minds Change Lives scholarship.

Young donors play an important role in meeting patient needs for blood products. Approximately 20 percent of blood donations come from high school and college blood drives during the academic year. During the summer when school is not in session, donations from high school and college donors drop by as much as 57 percent.

The Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. All eligible blood donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

You Can Participate in National Liver Awareness Month!

In just the first six months of 2011, nearly 14,000 patients received organ transplants in the United States. As we speak, approximately 16,000 patients are awaiting liver transplants. October is National Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross reminds donors about the importance of donating blood as many organ transplant recipients require several blood transfusions during surgery.

The need for blood is constant and the blood supply must be regularly replenished to help transplant patients and others, such as accident victims and premature babies. That is why it is so important for generous donors to give often. Recent storm-related events continue to take a toll as floodwaters and wildfires have inundated entire communities and forced the cancellation of nearly 150 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 4,700 blood donations.

With your help, we are able to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Thank you for your continuing support to help spread the word about upcoming American Red Cross blood drives.

Please visit redcrossblog.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for a blood drive nearest you!