By SHANNON WATKINS
Is being 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and being in general good health enough to qualify you as one of Santa’s helpers? According to the American Red Cross, it’s certainly enough to let you help someone who needs blood.
The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent need for blood this holiday season; not because any disasters have lowered the supply, but because the public often forgets about giving blood during the busy season.
“It’s just the nature of the beast and collections tend to drop during the holidays,” said Sandy Myers of the Roanoke Red Cross office. “Typically from about December 23 to January 6, even our regular drive donations tend to drop. This is nothing new. Sometimes you just need to remind people.”
In addition to the above criteria, donors who are 16 may donate, but with parent permission. The waiting period to donate after receiving a tattoo has been eliminated. You do not need to know your blood type in order to donate blood. All donors must have a picture ID or a Red Cross donor card. It must be 56 days since a previous donation.
Donations may be made this month at the following locations and times: Monday, Dec. 16, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (walk ins welcome); Monday, Dec. 16, at New River Community College from 10a.m.-3 p.m. (bus will be parked in front of Godbey Hall); and Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Dublin Lions Club from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (walk ins welcome).
Appointments can be made at www.redcrossblood.org. For more information about these blood, drives, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, please contact Sandy Myers at 540-330-3966.