Most people at least hear of blood drives scheduled in their areas, but do they participate as donors? Would they if they thought there was a greater-than-normal need?
Actually, there is a national emergency blood shortage. The American Red Cross has estimated that at least three extra donors, in addition to the number expected at each drive in August, are "critically needed to help patients."
The donation of one pint of blood can save up to three lives, according to the Red Cross.
Locally, there's an opportunity to help. A blood drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Madden Student Center at Davis & Elkins College. Anyone who is healthy, at least 17 years old and weighs at least 110 pounds is eligible to donate blood and platelets.
What if you or a family member were the person in need of blood? Wouldn't you hope someone had cared enough to donate?
Appointments for Monday's blood drive can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.