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Give Blood This Christmas in Edgefield

web posted December 17, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Want to give a meaningful holiday gift?  Give the gift of life by giving blood. The American Red Cross invites you to donate blood on the bloodmobile 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Edgefield Town Hall at 400 Main Street, Edgefield. Everyone who presents to donate blood will get a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt and a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

 “The holiday season is one of the most difficult times of year to maintain an adequate supply of blood,” said Steve Maness, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. “The purpose of blood drives during the holidays is to make sure that blood will be on hospital shelves so that someone in need can recover and return home to their loved ones. I encourage everyone who is at least 17, weighs 110 pounds or more, and is in generally good health to give the gift of life by donating blood.”

Stacy Cleckley, 33, is here today because of blood donors. In June 2007, Cleckley was diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, TTP, a rare and life-threatening condition that occurs when small blood clots suddenly form throughout the body, using up large numbers of platelets. Cleckley stayed in the hospital June 19-25, and seemed to be on the road to recovery until she relapsed in August. Over the course of her treatment, Cleckley has used more than 200 blood products.
“Without the thoughtfulness of donors, I would not be here today,” Cleckley said. “Please give blood as much as possible; it saved my life twice.”
About four million people in the United States need blood each year, and the overwhelming majority would die without it. The local blood services region, one of 36 American Red Cross Blood Services regions throughout the country, provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals in South Carolina and Georgia, including Augusta and surrounding areas. About 500 people need to give blood each week day to meet hospital demand. There is no substitute for blood; volunteer donors are the only source. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, in generally good health, and weigh 110 pounds or more. It is safe to give blood every 56 days.

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