Know a great Mom? Donate blood in her name!

Celebrate Mother’s Day this year by saving a life at Thursday’s Corsicana Community American Red Cross Blood Drive. The drive will be heldfrom noon to 6 p.m., inside the First Methodist Church.

Few of us ever expect to need the gift of blood. The fact is someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds! You can help ensure that blood is available for patients plus honor the important women in your life; mom, grandmother, sister, wife or friend by giving the gift of life at this week’s Corsicana Community blood drive.

“Donating blood is a wonderful way to honor those special women in your life,” says Sue Wilson, Corsicana Community blood drive coordinator. “The Red Cross is the largest suppliers of blood in the country and works constantly to be sure sufficient quantities of blood are available whether the need is local or national.”

Since none of us can predict when our lives or the lives of family and friends will be touched by the need for blood, why not touch someone else’s life by sharing the gift of your good health. Each donation can help save up to three lives. In human terms, that might translate to a premature baby who needs emergency surgery... a mother and daughter who need blood after a car crash... or a young newlywed who needs platelets to help her fight breast cancer.

“One of the most beautiful things you can do for Mother’s Day is to help save a life,” says Wilson, “In May and throughout the summer, blood collection is a challenge because many of us are concentrating on family vacations and staying out of the heat. But the fact is the need for blood never takes a vacation.”

Blood is a perishable commodity and must be regularly replaced. So can patients whose lives depend on blood donations count on you? If so, please take a little time to roll up your sleeve on Thursday. Appointments are available by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE. No appointment is required and walk-ins are become.

To donate blood, a person must be in good health, be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. Volunteer blood donors must also show a picture ID to give blood. Please bring a Red Cross donor card, a valid driver’s license with a photo or other form of official picture identification.

The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood in the country and is the primary supplier of blood to more than 3,000 hospitals. They are also working hard in your community every day helping families who are displaced by fires, victims of disasters and so much more. Remember, together we can save a life.

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