In times of crisis and natural disasters, people have always responded well by helping those in need. Currently the Red Cross is experiencing a crisis with a desperate need for blood donations. Nationwide, the organization is experiencing a blood shortage, meaning there’s a three day supply or less, of blood available for patients in need.
“When you see those urgent needs signs out on the corner with our blood drive signs, that means that we have a real urgent, immediate need for blood. Elective surgeries like hip replacements and things like that, start getting canceled at that point. So when you see those signs it’s important to take action.”- Mallory Brown, Executive Director, The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley
Though a nationwide issue, Mallory says we’re also seeing those affects right here in the Mohawk Valley.
“We haven’t been able to hit our blood targets in the last couple of quarters, so that means our donations locally are declining as well. And so that’s why it’s really important that people come out in the Mohawk Valley and donate.” – Mallory Brown, Executive Director, The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley
Once you’ve donated you can track your blood’s journey through the Red Cross Blood Donor app and see where it’s been used.
“You could give blood at our New Hartford blood donation center and then see that it was used at the hospital in Rome, so that’s a really cool feature and it makes your impact really visible… I always remind them that whatever discomfort they’re experiencing during their blood donation is probably pretty minimal compared to what the person receiving their blood is experiencing.” – Mallory Brown, Executive Director, The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley
Every blood donation can save up to three lives but only 10% of eligible people actually donate. For more information on donating and eligibility please visit redcross.org