American Red Cross stresses need for blood during annual drive

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — In collaboration with Greek Week, the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive inside the Trojan Center ballrooms.

“The goal for today is to meet the critical need we have for blood,” said technician Melody Lane. “Every day there’s accidents. We just need that influx of blood to help with tragedies and regular sickness.”

According to the American Red Cross, the need for blood is much higher than many people might realize.

“There is a blood shortage, and what that means to you if you or your family goes to the hospital, you might have a family member or a friend who’s in need, and we just don’t have the blood to meet the demand,” Lane explained.

Lane stressed the importance of donating if you’re able.

“Anyone who can or anyone who can try, we just need to meet that need. You may be a hero that saves someone’s life.”

The American Red Cross encourages students to always be on the lookout for blood drives near them.

Facts About Blood Needs

  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and or platelets. 
  • Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U. S. 
  • Nearly 5,000 units of platelets and 6.500 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S. 
  • he average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood
  • Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors
  • One donation can help save more than one life

“We’re always in a critical need,” Lane told TrojanVision. “Please, anytime the American Red Cross is near you, if you can support them, do that. We’re an excellent organization and we’re here to help. But we can’t do what we need to do without donors like you.”

The goal set for this blood drive was to collect over 50 pints of blood, which was surpassed. 

According to the Red Cross’ website, the organization plans to hold drives at Troy Regional Medical Center on Monday, April 29.