The American Red Cross is reporting that it is facing a blood shortage and it has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
“It’s a gift of life and I’ve got it to give. I’ve felt that way since the late 1960’s,” Daniel Prechtel, 70, retired Minister at All Saints Episcopal Parish.
Members of Contra Costa County gave the gift of life Thursday July 11th at the annual Interfaith Blood Drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4351 Hilltop Drive. People of all faiths joined together to support the American Red Cross in their desperate need for summer blood donations. The summer is a critical time for donations as schools and colleges are not available and they account for as much as 20 percent of donations during the school year.
“It’s a great experience,” says David Yamashita, 35, of San Pablo, “The whole idea of saving a life. It’s simple. You never know, you could be on the receiving end too.”
Donations fell short of expectations in June, resulting in about 24,000 fewer donations than needed. Sandy Ferguson, 69, of Richmond is aware of the summer shortage and that is what motivates her to donate. “I want to do my part helping those in need because of the shortage of blood in the summertime. I try to give blood throughout the year when I can also, because my blood type is universal.”
If you would like to donate there is another Interfaith Blood Drive being held Tuesday July 30 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Concord, 3700 Concord Blvd. You can also schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: InterfaithCommunity or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.