Lioness blood drive Mon. Jan. 27

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Lioness are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Monday, Jan. 27 at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Big Lake from noon to 6 p.m.
To make an appointment or find more information call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or online go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 0176283.
Winter weather impacts blood supplies. When the weather is bad people don’t turn out to donate. Help those in need by donating a pint of lifesaving blood.
One pint of blood can be used to save up to three lives. Red cells are one of the most needed blood components. Donating red cells takes a little longer but since only the red cells are taken, more blood is actually returned to the donor.
The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year is 15.7 million. The number of donors in the U.S. is 9.2 million.
An estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate but fewer than 10% actually give blood each year.
In spite of modern technology, nothing can replace a blood transfusion for saving lives. Blood cannot be made or artificially manufactured. The only source of blood is generous donors.