Blood Badly Needed

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United Blood Services and local hospitals need your help. Bob Murray, community relations manager of United Blood Services, said the blood supply is dangerously low.

"We had a situation at Riley's where a young lady is in need of blood, especially 0-negative," said Murray. "And we have literally used every unit of blood that's available on our shelves. We've gone to other hospitals to make sure she has what she needs."

If you would like to donate, United Blood Services is open 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Friday. Extended Web Coverage

10 Reasons to Donate Blood

  • Blood transfusions save lives.

  • There is no substitute for human blood.

  • Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.

  • About 60 percent of the population are eligible to donate blood, yet less than five percent do.

  • A pint of blood, separated in to components, can help up to three people.

  • You will make your community a safer place.

  • Fulfills your desire to "give back" to the community.

  • You will receive a mini physical (blood pressure, temperature, iron level).

  • You will learn your blood type.

  • It is safe, simple and it saves lives.

Who Can Donate Blood?

  • Anyone who is in good health,

  • At least 17 years old (persons 16 may donate with a Blood Program consent form signed by a legal guardian),

  • Weighs at least 110 pounds

Source: (Blood Centers of the Pacific Web Site)

If you would like to donate blood or help with the donation process, visit your local American Red Cross