St. Lukes to host blood drive Aug. 24

Published 3:35 pm Monday, August 16, 2010

Many Americans nationwide have been donating blood to ensure a sustained and secure blood supply for all Americans. Together with the Red Cross, these people are ensuring that the safest possible blood is readily available whenever and wherever needed – for the military, for other blood centers in America and for all of Americas hospitals, including St. Lukes Hospital.

Everyone expects blood to be there for them, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The Red Cross says the honor, spirit and resources of the American people come forth with neighbors helping neighbors in need – during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms – and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood.

St. Lukes Hospital is helping make sure that blood is available by sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, August 24, from 12 to 4 p.m. By sponsoring a blood drive, St. Lukes Hospital is helping save and improve the lives of individuals in need of blood. In addition, their sponsorship ensures that a safe blood supply is available at all times for all members of the community.

Donors of all types are needed to help the American Red Cross provide more than 1,500 units of blood each day to meet the needs of patients in area hospitals. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good general health.

All donors will be entered into a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

For your convenience, call 828-894-2408 to schedule your appointment.