Published On: Thu, Jan 9th, 2014

Bloodmobile will stop in Osmond Jan. 14

OSMOND — The Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the city auditorium in Osmond Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The goal is 68 individuals presenting and 58 productive. To schedule an appointment, potential donors should call Candy Fritz at (402) 748-3860 days or (402) 329-4590 evenings. Walk-ins are always welcome.

The following guidelines have been given by Red Cross: Before donating blood, get at least eight hours of sleep the night before. Eat a healthy breakfast and-or lunch, and drink plenty of fluids in the days before and after. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible to donate with a signed parental consent form AND two forms of ID. To obtain a parental consent form, donors may go online or call Candy at the numbers indicated. Double red cell collections will again be available at this mobile. Since blood types O+, O-, A- and B- are always in high demand and at risk for shortages, donors with these blood types are urged to consider giving double red whenever possible.

Almost everyone during their lifetime will know someone who needs a blood transfusion. They may be car accident or trauma victims, cancer or transplant patients, or people with sickle cell disease or other blood disorders. There is no substitute and still only one source of blood for transfusion – volunteer blood donors. The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross needs to collect 17,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Among those hospitals is Osmond General Hospital and Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk. “We realize that everyone’s time is valuable, but the short time you give donating blood can save up to three lives,” Fritz said.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross brought help and hope to people in the U.S. and all over the world during the past year. From the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma in May and Wayne in October, to Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines in Nov., the Red Cross provided necessary relief for hundreds of thousands of people facing emergencies and disasters.