Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blood Donations Needed to Shore up Supplies

There is currently a shortage of donated blood in our community and throughout the country. The American Red Cross always sees a slowdown in donations during summer months, but this season, supplies have hit a 15-year low.

Here at Fauquier Hospital, we appreciate that our community is so generous when it comes to giving the gift of life. Each year, hundreds of residents take time out to donate blood so that supplies are there when our patients need them. In the last year, the American Red Cross has collected 294 pints of blood at Fauquier Hospital drives, providing life-saving blood for 882 people.

The Red Cross will hold four blood drives this fall in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room.

• Thursday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Friday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, November 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. (This is a special type O drive, encouraging donors with this universal blood type to come in, but all donors are welcome.)

• Friday, December 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donors must be 17 or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health to give blood. Each pint of donated blood can help up to three people. For more information on donating blood, go to: www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-236-3276.

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