Santa Fe Trail High School to host blood drive as donations plummet nationwide

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Community Blood Center has issued an urgent need for donations and Santa Fe Trail High School is stepping up to help. The school will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in an effort to combat the recent decline of local blood donations.

“Blood centers nationwide are feeling the impact of the drop in donations and CBC is feeling it too,” said Kim Peck, CBC executive director. “We are urging all those who are able to donate and help ensure that every patient and hospital has access to life-saving blood when they need it.”

To maintain a safe blood supply, a minimum seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. After maintaining a healthy inventory for the majority of the summer, CBC’s blood supply has reached a level of urgency. Community members can help by donating blood at the Santa Fe Trail High School blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment at savealifenow.org and using group code TPKV.

In the Kansas City area, one in three people will need blood at some point in their life and nearly one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion. This means nearly 600 donations are needed every day to meet hospital demand, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished. In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and “Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now” in your own community.

For more information, visit www.savealifenow.org or call 1-877-468-6844.

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