American Red Cross seeking donors

“We’re actually needing type O, but anyone who can give is very much appreciated,” he explained. “Our numbers kind of dwindle a little bit in the summer months because a lot of people go on vacation, but we still have a very urgent need for blood.”

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile made its way to back to Yanceyville and set up in the State Employees’ Credit Union parking lot Friday morning, May 24.

Jamarr House, Blood Drive supervisor said there is always a desperate need for blood.

“We’re actually needing type O, but anyone who can give is very much appreciated,” he explained. “Our numbers kind of dwindle a little bit in the summer months because a lot of people go on vacation, but we still have a very urgent need for blood.”

House also said type O negative is the universal blood type and can help save lives.

“It’s important because unfortunately we have a lot of car accidents, we have a lot of premature babies being born in North Carolina and we need those O negative donations so we can get them out to our hospitals and save as many lives as possible,” House said. “With every donation you can save up to three lives because we separate your blood into three separate parts.”

He said the goal for the day was to collect blood from as many people as possible.

“We set a goal to collect about 20 units, which isn’t too bad,” House said. “I think we can hit our goal and I am hopeful that donors will come out.”

He also said there is no reason to be fearful of donating and know many people have a fear of needles.

“It’s not uncommon to be afraid of needles,” he said. “We take good care of you and we make sure you’re completely safe as possible. The reality is at some point you, your family, or someone you know may need blood. The process takes about 45 minutes and you’ll do a lot of good for someone.”

House said if individuals could not donate on Friday, the Bloodmobile will visit Yanceyville again in the near future.

“We come to Yanceyville all the time and hope to bring in as many donors as we can,” he said. “This truly is a life saving effort and we encourage people to come out whenever they are able to donate.”

For more information and donation dates visit www.redcross.org.