St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 1:00-600 p.m. Need is currently at a critical level due to many recent disasters.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross.

Regular blood drives allow each of us the opportunity to help save lives! The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

For more information on blood donation, please visit www.redcrossblood.org.