Published Thursday, January 31, 2013
From Staff Reports
Some people, because of medical and other reasons, can’t give blood.
A number of people do give blood, and their actions are appreciated as they literally can help to save lives, says a spokesperson for Senoia Optimist Club, which is sponsoring a community blood drive for the Senoia area on Monday. The drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Senoia United Methodist Church from 1 until 6 p.m.
Many people have either rarely or never donated the “gift of life” because it might be at least a little bit painful, or it might not be the most convenient thing for them to do.
As the late Winston Churchill is sometimes quoted: “From what we get we make a living. From what we give we make a life.” In terms of helping to “make a life,” we can certainly do that if we make the simple effort to give blood, say Senoia Optimists.
Those who may not have yet decided to donate the “gift of life” are encouraged to look at the online story on YouTube about Madeline, a 6-year-old child battling cancer. To learn more about the importance of blood during her treatment, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHsfi2fExuo&feature=share .
Remember, too, that there are countless others – young and old – who need your support, note Senoia Optimists.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
Blood donors at the Senoia drive will receive a gift of coupons from a number of restaurants and other merchants in Senoia. In addition, all blood donors will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Senoia Optimists also plan to serve grilled cheese sandwiches along with cookies and juice provided by the American Red Cross.
Senoia United Methodist Church is located in the historic district of Senoia at 229 Bridge St., at the intersection of Seavy Street. For details, potential donors may either contact Senoia Optimist Club member and blood drive coordinator Ivie Bowman at 678-378-7151 or the Senoia United Methodist Church office at 770-599-3245.
Donors at the Senoia blood drive are again asked to bring one or more non-perishable food items. Optimist Club members will collect these items and make them available to a local food bank in order to help those around us who are in need.
A single pint of blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and this important opportunity will allow the citizens in and around the Senoia area to once again rise to the need.
Most healthy people age 17 and older or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.redcrossblood.org .
The Senoia area blood drive is sponsored by the Senoia Optimists on a quarterly basis. If you would like to learn how you can help in this or another worthwhile project sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club, contact club President Tony Bell at 770-599-3981 or 770-632-9052 or visit the Senoia club’s website at www.senoiaoptimistclub.org .