ATLANTA, GA. (December 2, 2011)—The need for blood transfusions is far outpacing donations. In response to this nationwide need, Piedmont Hospital is hosting a blood drive on December 16. Convenient to residents of Buckhead and Midtown, the drive takes place at the hospital from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McRae Auditorium, in the 1984 building. North deck parking is complimentary.
Because it has a limited shelf life, the need for blood is constant. Donating blood is a simple process that helps to save more than five million people in need of blood transfusions each year in the United States. Blood is needed every two seconds for emergency medical situations and is often needed for the treatment of accident victims, cancer patients, hemophiliacs and surgery patients.
Only about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, and only a fraction of those eligible actually donate. If you qualify as a donor, Piedmont asks that you visit redcrossblood.org and schedule your appointment using the sponsor code “pied.” Your single donation could save up to three lives across the state.
All blood types are needed, but type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage.
Donors must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors must not have given blood in the last 56 days. Walk-ins are welcome; however appointments will be honored first. To schedule an appointment visit, redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “pied.”
All donors receive a Piedmont t-shirt and will be automatically entered to win two Delta Airlines tickets from the American Red Cross.