Friday, February 5, 2010

Donate Blood and Save Lives

Do you know great way to show someone you love them? Donate blood in honor of them.

Sinai Hospital will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Northwest Hospital will host its blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

Gifts for our donors include a T-shirt and discounted tickets to the 2010 Motor Trend International Auto Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. One lucky participant, chosen at random, will win a $100 restaurant gift card.

Additionally, participants are encouraged to fill in a postcard provided that is sent to a loved one stating that you donated blood in their name.

Did you know that 60 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, but only 5 percent do on a yearly basis? Some other facts: The American Red Cross needs to collect 1,000 units of blood each day to meet the needs of patients and hospitals in the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region, and each blood donation can save up to 3 patients. Those who benefit when you give blood include premature babies, pregnant mothers, transplant recipients, accident victims and those with chronic diseases.

Here is information about giving blood, and here are the eligibility guidelines. Walk-ins are welcome at both blood drives. Even if you are not an employee, Sinai and Northwest happily accept visitors or members of the community at the drives.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

1 comment:

Holly said...

Thursday's blood drive has been canceled at Sinai Hospital, but Friday's is still on. Please sign up to donate; blood supplies are at a critical level because of the recent snow storms.

Sinai's drive is held in the Zamoiski Auditorium and Northwest's in the Education Center.