The Frostburg State University Residence Hall Association, in conjunction with the Johnstown Chapter of the American Red Cross, will hold a blood drive Friday, Oct. 20, in the Lane Center Multi-Use Room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Right now, the American Red Cross is experiencing its third emergency appeal for donors since January. Its inventories are just above a one-day supply; the current shortage is one of the worst in its history. Hospitals in some of the hardest hit areas around the nation have been forced to postpone scheduled surgeries because of an inadequate blood supply.
Volunteer blood donations help patients being treated for accidents, routine surgeries and serious diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers, heart disease, sickle cell anemia and hemophilia. Despite the fact that giving blood is easy, safe and takes less than one hour, only 5 percent of eligible Americans donate blood. To donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more.
For information, contact Gary Larrick, RHA vice president, at (301) 687-4513.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.
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