One Month Remaining in Red Cross Campaign

By Bryan Mercer

One Month Remaining in Red Cross Campaign

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) On June 11, 2011, the American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region launched a “90 Days of Remembrance” blood donation campaign in honor of the tenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The 12-week initiative encourages those eligible to visit a Red Cross blood donation center to give blood.

The campaign began on June 11, and the goal is to collect 911 units of blood at each blood donation center by September 11.

As of August 11, the Region was well on its way of meeting the goal, with some centers already exceeding the goal.

Throughout the Region, 12,590 units of blood products have been collected. At the local donor center in Johnson City, 783 blood products have already been collected.

As the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 approaches, many Americans are looking for a way to show they have not forgotten.

“We are thrilled to see the outpouring of support already for this campaign. So many people still want to pay tribute to those lost and injured in the attacks,” commented Kay Schwartz, CEO, American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region. “It is important, particularly during this challenging summer of blood collection, that we always have a stable supply of blood on our shelves.”

The Red Cross issued an appeal for blood in July, and appreciates the support of those who responded.

However, the need still remains as the blood supply is not yet back up to adequate levels, and blood products continue to go to area hospitals just as quickly as they are coming in.

Blood donors are always needed, as each donation has the potential to save up to three lives.

Red blood cells help people with severe trauma injuries and chronic anemia.

Platelets benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and plasma helps burn victims and patients with critical diseases.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission New York and Pennsylvania), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Identification is required at the time of donation.