Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Save a life, donate blood at local drives

April 2, 2008

Christmas is known as the season for giving.

In Tonganoxie and McLouth, this time of year should take on a similar meaning.

'Tis the season for living.

That's right, living. It's also a time of giving, as in giving blood at upcoming drives.

But the end result is living, as in saving the lives of people who, down the road in an emergency situation, will need blood.

Drives have been scheduled in Tonganoxie and McLouth. The first will be Friday in Tonganoxie. The drive will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Tonganoxie High School east gymnasium and is sponsored by the THS Student Council. McLouth also will hold a drive. It will be from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 9 in the McLouth school cafeteria, 217 Summit.

Community Blood Center, a Kansas City-area blood center that was established 50 years ago, will be at both locations to take area residents' blood donations. According to CBC's Web site, www.savealifenow.org, the blood center needs 580 donors each day to meet area hospitals' needs.

Since opening in 1958, more than 800,000 people have received blood donated at Community Blood Centers.

The Community Blood Center relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the community's blood needs so by just making one donation, a person can help as many as two patients.

Whether it's CBC or another organization, get out and donate some blood, if you can.

Some people are not able to give blood. If that's the case, you also play a vital role. Encourage people who can to give, give, give.

Who knows, your giving today might help your living tomorrow in an emergency situation.

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