By Jaimee Kester
April 18, 2013
After the bombings in Boston on Monday, there were several reports of runners crossing the finish line and continuing on to local hospitals to give blood.
The Red Cross quickly had more than enough blood to treat the wounded, but these runners’ selfless acts reminded Americans how important blood donation is in the wake of mass tragedies. When a person decides to donate they have the potential to save up to three lives per pint of blood. The average person is able to give blood about six times a year, giving a single person the ability to potentially save up to 18 lives.
Local Red Cross chapters often run low on their blood supply, so donating as often as you can is important to ensure that there is enough blood for emergency situations. In Boston there is currently more than enough blood in supply, but that may change in the coming weeks, so the importance of giving blood cannot be forgotten.
Lock Haven hosts multiple blood drives throughout the year to help out the Red Cross. There is a blood drive on April 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rec Center. To learn more about blood donation and to find a blood drive in your local area visit http://www.redcross.org.
Jaimee Kester is a freshman majoring in communication and can be contacted at email@example.com.