Mayor Don Wesely has joined Gov. Mike Johanns and Pres. George W. Bush in declaring January, 2002 as "National Volunteer Blood Donor" Month, a time to thank those who unselfishly give the gift of life time and time again. Daily, across the nation, over 34,000 units of blood will be transfused to patients in need. Locally, 150 units (pints) are necessary to meet hospital demands and stay prepared
Daily, It is the committed blood donor that makes it possible for the premature infant, the transplant patient, the cancer patient and others to survive. In 2001, the Community Blood Bank's 11,000+ volunteer blood donors donated over 23,000 units. "These folks are truly the quiet heroes" in our community," states Mayor Wesely.
Nationwide, since Sept. 11th, the blood collection industry has taken a roller coaster ride. Initially, there was a tremendous outpouring of those willing to help, but the need for blood was not there. The nation's blood supply was at capacity for the first time in many years. At that time, volunteers were encouraged to sign up for future contact when the need would return. Now the need has returned, but unfortunately, most of those signing up for future contact have changed their mind. National Volunteer Blood Donor month is the time to think again about being a volunteer blood donor and making a difference in your community.
Requirements to donate: