Members of the Milford Community came out Thursday, March 22 to donate to a cause greater than their selves. The Blood Bank of Delmarva hosted their monthly blood drive at the Carlisle Fire House with the hopes of encouraging people to help save lives by donating blood.
According to the Blood Bank of Delmarva 20,000 local patients will need blood transfusions this year. It takes 350 blood donors a day to meet that need. Across the Delmarva Peninsula alone, 300 units of blood are used each day just to deal with normal medical care activity.
“Even with all the advancement in medical technology, we still do not have a replacement for blood,” commented Ginny Cannon, Assistant Supervisor of Blood Bank of Delmarva. “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body and there is no substitute.”
This summer the Blood Bank of Delmarva will continue with its annual Summer Blood Challenge where businesses from across Delmarva will compete in a collective effort to increase the number of blood donors. The business that has the most employees participate by the end of the summer will have the chance at several prizes.
The Blood Bank of Delmarva urges people to visit the mobile Blood Bank which is held monthly at the Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Avenue, and at the Carlisle Fire Hall, 615 Northwest Front Street. A calander of the dates can be found at http://www.delmarvablood.org/drive_calendar.html.
Basic requirements for blood donors include being 17 years of age, minimum weight of 110 lbs. and being of general good health. Donors are asked to eat a good meal within 3 hours before giving blood.