Blood drive scheduled for March 16

We too often take it for granted.

When a medical emergency happens and blood is needed in order to save a life, there’s plenty of blood supply on hand, right?

But that’s not the case.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and while 38 percent of the American population is eligible to donate, only 10 percent of the population provides 100 percent of the donated blood in the United States. That means the need is truly great.

But Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman and others are hoping to change the numbers later this month.

In recognition of Red Cross Month, Hoffman and the Marshall County Employee Wellness Committee is hosting a blood drive at the Salvation Army Community Center, 107 W. State St., from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

“Because there’s an ongoing and immediate need, people can step up and donate to their community,” said Hoffman. “One pint of blood can save up to three lives.”

Hoffman said all blood types are sought and because the Red Cross is responsible for about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, its network can provide donated blood throughout the country, especially in times of crisis.

Hoffman said donating blood is simple and that Marshall County residents are critical is helping the Red Cross save lives.

He said the employee wellness committee recognizes the need for blood donations and that like so many in Marshall County, they simply want to help others.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Hoffman or call (800) RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org