What Does it Take to be a Blood Donor?

Last week we shared the story of a family who gave the gift of life through organ donation, this week we're sharing news of a small way just about anyone can make a contribution to the health and betterment.. Donate Blood! Last week Orange County Government Employees participated in their annual summer drive and contributed 56 pints to regional hospitals. 

“With school being out and many people on vacation, donations traditionally drop during the summer months according to the NY Blood Center,” said County Executive Diana. “I applaud those employees who found time in their day to make this precious, life-saving donation during this critical time of need. Their generosity will make an important difference in the life of another.” 

Donating blood saves lives. According to the American Red Cross you are a candidate for blood donation if you are: 

  • Healthy
  • At least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law – see more information for 16-year old donors »
  • A weight of at least 110 lbs.

* Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

To find a blood drive nearby check out the list from New York Blood Center.

Headlining photo: Orange County Corrections Officer Ivonne Knowles was among the many people who donated.