Help save a life in 2019

Help save a life in 2019
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared Wednesday, Sept. 5 as Georgia Blood Donation Day. (Source: American Red Cross)

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thought about your New Year resolutions yet? How about helping to save a life?

Cochise Health & Social Services is partnering with the Red Cross to bring the organization’s Bloodmobile to Sierra Vista in 2019. National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970, and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.

The Sierra Vista community is invited to participate in a blood drive on Thursday, January 3, at the Red Cross Bloodmobile, which will be located at the County’s service center at 100 Colonia de Salud, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cochise County Health Director Carrie Langley said, “We are very pleased to once again partner with the Red Cross to bring the Bloodmobile to Sierra Vista. By taking the small step to donate blood, you can continue our community’s tradition of neighbors helping neighbors and actually help save a life.”

During the winter months it can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations and seasonal illnesses, like flu, can prevent some donors from making or keeping an appointment. Donors with all blood types are encouraged to make an appointment to give on January 3.

To make an appointment, or to learn more, download the American Red Cross blood donor mobile app, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a Rapid-Pass online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the blood donor app.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health, may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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