WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The Red Cross rolled into ‘Pine Street United Methodist Church’ in Williamsport Tuesday in hopes donors will give blood.
“This is time of year when blood supply is at a critical point. People see, you know, there is a lot of things to do during the summer and people are out of school.” Said Valerie Whyman, of the American Red Cross
This is the time of year the red cross worries most about.
The number of donors drops in summer months – while people exploring summer activities often get into accidents which might require medical care – and blood.
So the Red Cross has a goal this summer – 30 people at each drive.
“I try and do it as soon as my next available time to give blood is, I try and hit everyone.” Said Mark Porter.
The red cross says, some people are not that consistent because things come up – which hurts local hospitals in the end.
Each year the red cross pushes for their ‘100 days of critical need for blood’ initiative.
“You know, the need never never stops.” noted Whyman
Mark Porter has been donating for 35 years and has donated countless amount of units.
“Friends and family members that have had the need for blood transfusions and it’s something we kind of take for granted that’s it’s going to be at the hospital all the time. I don’t think everyone knows that all that blood is donated.”
Lycoming county is the number one county that donates blood in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Which helps make up for other counties in the red.
“People just don’t make giving blood a priority as they might do in the cooler months.” Said Whyman.