Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.
Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.
Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Feb. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Hawk Point Community Center, 105 Highway A in Hawk Point, Mo.
Feb. 24 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Millwood Knights of Columbus, 24 St. Alphonsus Road in Millwood, Mo.