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January 3, 2008

Need a New Year's Resolution? Give blood

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By MARY KAYE DAVIS

mary.kaye@register-news.com



MT. VERNON — If you are in need of a New Year’s resolution which will help others, Garry Allison has an idea.

Give blood.

And, with blood supplies low, stymied because of the recent holidays, this month is the perfect month to begin your resolution, said Allison, senior recruitment manager with the American Red Cross.

“The need for donating blood never takes a holiday,” Allison said Monday. “During holidays people are busy doing other things and the donations are limited. The American Red Cross has to collect about 1,000 units of blood daily to keep up with the demand.”

The ARC office also shuts down for two days during the holidays, which adds to the shortage.

“The need is still there, however the supply is not,” he said. “Therefore creating shortages for weeks to come.”

Mt. Vernon Christian School is one of the entities sponsoring a blood drive in January. The drive will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Woodland Drive School, off Illinois 37 South.

School Principal Tim Reynolds said this is the fourth year the school has hosted a blood drive.

“It is such an easy way to help someone else with a gift you can’t put a price on,” Reynolds said. “We like to encourage our staff, older students, parents, church members and the general public to take a half hour of their time to donate blood.”

Reynolds said the drive also is an opportunity for the high school students to volunteer their time. The Red Cross utiltizes them to help with the sign-up process and hand out refreshments to people after their donations.

“It’s a way for us to allow our facilities to be used for a good cause and to give back to the public as they have been supportive of us through the years,” Reynolds said.

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