2017-08-17 / Editorial

Need for blood donation is at all time high

Beyond the Headlines
by Sen. Justin Chenette

Blood. It is an essential liquid of life. It is something we really don’t think about until a child scrapes their knee or when something more serious happens and you are on the receiving end of treatment.

When you are at the hospital after a car crash and you need blood, it’s something you expect. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. You expect those pints to be there. You expect there to be the supplies you need for the doctors and nurses to help you. In many cases, we are fortunate and the blood for your particular type is at the ready. The problem is, this isn’t a guarantee.

Since the 1940s the American Red Cross has operated a blood donation program. The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the total of the nation’s blood supply.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed each and every day in the U.S. alone. The need is huge. To meet this high demand, the American Red Cross and other organizations hold blood drives in hopes that volunteers step up to the plate.

Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that population actually do. It’s important to note that blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from you. That’s why these blood drives are so critical.

As a result, I have organized two blood drives to help encourage blood donations from the public. The first one is being held at 457 Alfred St. in Biddeford 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday Aug. 21. The second is being held at Saco Sport & Fitness from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Visit http://www.redcrossblood.org to save time and sign up for a time slot.

Please make every effort to sign up and donate blood. It literally will save a life. If someone asked you what you did this month to make difference in the world, what would your answer be?

Justin Chenette is serving his first term as the youngest senator in the Maine Senate representing Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington and Buxton. He previously served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. Outside the Legislature, he is the owner of Chenette Media LLC, a marketing & public relations firm, works as the Marketing Coordinator of Saco Sport & Fitness, and is the president/ CEO of the Saco Bay Center of Civic Engagement, a 501c3 nonprofit service organization. Sign up for legislative updates at www.justinchenette.com or www.Facebook.com/JustinChenette.

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