Blood drive hopes to attract young donors for life
by Hawkins Teague
Sep 20, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If people start giving blood while they’re still in high school, they’ll be more likely to continue donating when they’re older. This, at least, is the hope of Robin Wise Shively, a public relations representative for the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center who is in charge of donor recruitment.

Shively was in the Trigg County High School gym lobby last Wednesday helping students and others in the community fill out paperwork during the school’s fall blood drive. There’s a blood drive every spring and fall at the school and Shively said they usually get between 50 and 70 students to donate throughout the day. She said that one the reasons it is beneficial for them to partner with schools is that it gets people in that age group to learn to be humanitarians. War veterans have always been a reliable group to donate blood, but many of them are getting too old to do so, she said.

The WKRBC is a member of the American Blood Center, which supplies 45 percent of the country’s blood needs, Shively said. Red Cross provides another 45 percent and hospitals take in another 10 percent, she said. June, July, August, November, December and January are the months with the highest demand for blood. In the summer, people are involved in more physical activity, which leads to accidents. One reason for high demand in winter is that some people wait until January to have elective surgery to save on insurance deductibles, Shively said.

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