United Way calls for blood donors on Saturday

Lee Herald Favicon 16Saturday marks the United Way Day of Action, an annual event in the month of June where United Way Volunteer centers across the country to help bring aware issues of good health, education and financial security of the community. Local United Way officials are asking volunteers to donate blood, while making a difference in their community and other people’s lives.

Although the number of blood donors decreases by 30 percent during summer, there need for blood doesn’t. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross and by donating you can help several lives

“For the donor, there is the benefit of a mini-physical with each donation, which includes temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Donating blood also gives donors a feeling of satisfaction that he or she is helping others,” said Jeremy Puckett, the supervisor at Lee Health Blood Center.

The blood donated to the Lee Health Blood Center goes to Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, and Lee Memorial Hospital.

“From one donation, which is one pint of blood, we can separate the red blood cells and plasma to help multiple people suffering from various diseases or trauma,” Puckett said.

“Every blood type is needed all the time.”

Although A positive and O positive are the most common and most donated. It is very important to have a good blood supply before a tragedy happens. O is the universal donor and is always in demand.

On Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee, in partnership with Lee Health Blood Center, will be holding a blood drive at the United Way Main Campus, 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers.

To donate blood you must:

-Weight at least 115 pounds,

-Be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent,

-Provide a photo ID, if you are a new donor.

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