American Red Cross

By Staff Writer
February 19, 2004

February 18, 2004

To Whom It May Concern:

The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region needs your help. We are struggling to collect an adequate supply of blood. Will you help us out by writing an article in your newspaper encouraging students to donate blood to the American Red Cross?

By encouraging others to give blood, you’re helping the American Red Cross save lives.
While blood donations are down, the need for them continues to rise. With all the miracles of modern medicine, it’s sometimes easy to forget how important a safe and plentiful blood supply is. In fact, the need for blood only increases as advances in medicine make it possible to perform life-saving procedures that weren’t’t even
possible a few years ago. Patients such as accident victims, cancer patients, and children with leukemia rely on blood donations for their health – and their lives.

Fortunately the problem of dwindling blood supplies is one that’s easy to solve. All it takes is caring volunteers who give a small amount of their time to give others a lifetime. We need you to get the message out. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to give blood. Almost anyone in general good health can give. Only through the generous donations of volunteer can we make sure that blood is available for those who need it when they need it the most.

The message we need to get out to the public is that because emergencies can occur at any time, giving blood helps ensure that the blood is there should a loved one, neighbor, or a stranger need blood to survive.

In this major metropolitan area, more than 100 area hospitals routinely require 4,000 blood products every 48 hours.

By informing your students, you help to remind the public that there are still things they can do to help themselves, their loved ones and their community. Giving blood is one.

Sincerely,

Kristy Kane 215-451-4240
Communications Manager
American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region

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