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Air Zoo hosts much-needed blood drive

October 20, 2009

Source: Jennifer Cunningham
Job Title: Communications & Public Relations Manager
Phone: (269) 382-6555

Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States-Michigan hospital patients alone use 2,000 units a day... that's 1 1/2 units per minute every day. While 75 percent of the U.S. population will have received a blood transfusion by the age of 75, only five percent of the population donates.

On Wednesday, November 11 from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. area residents can help alleviate blood shortages by donating at the Air Zoo. In fact, in less than an hour, each blood donor could save as many as three lives. All blood donors must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and must have a photo ID or donor card present.

Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood products for hospital patients in the United States. In August, the Air Zoo exceeded its blood drive goal by more than 30 percent.

"With the holidays approaching, we are hoping that we have another record turnout," says Jennifer Cunningham, communications and public relations manager at the Air Zoo.

For more information about donating blood, please visit www.redcross.org or call 1.800.GIVE.LIFE. For more information about the Air Zoo, please call 269.382.6555 or visit www.airzoo.org.

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