“The bitterly cold weather in January has already caused the cancellation of nearly 125 Red Cross blood drives in 17 states, resulting in almost 4,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Despite the weather, hospital patients in our community will still need blood,” said Stevie Johnson, Rotary blood drive coordinator. She added, “The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to donate blood. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood given, offers hope to a patient in need.”
Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To make an appointment, call Stevie Johnson at (803) 338-1711 or sign up online at www.redcross blood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome too. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000.
Spring Valley Rotary club meets Thursdays from 1 to 2 PM in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church. To learn more about membership in the club, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Derek Raper at (803) 530-7579 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.