Photo ProvidedCounty Executive Steve Schuh recently participated in a local American Red Cross blood drive. “Giving blood can help save a life,” Schuh said. “More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, and every citizen who is able to donate can help make a difference.”
County Executive Steve Schuh Encourages Citizens To Donate Blood
County Executive Steve Schuh recently participated in a quarterly Anne Arundel County blood drive and encouraged citizens around the county to donate blood.
“Giving blood can help save a life,” Schuh said. “More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, and every citizen who is able to donate can help make a difference.”
The drive was sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Health Department and the American Red Cross. The Red Cross’ blood program started in 1940 under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew, and it supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply.
The Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,700 hospitals across the U.S. Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the organization are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20 percent are collected at fixed Red Cross donor centers. Go to www.redcross.org/blood for more information on how to give blood.