American Red Cross shares importance of donating blood
The American Red Cross is asking you to "Pay It Forward," especially during the spring storm season.
They're asking you to give blood as more than 44,000 units of blood are needed to treat patients at U.S. hospitals everyday.
Remember, donating just one pint can save up to three lives.
The American Red Cross has set up blood drives across the area this month. That includes today from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
If you can't make it to today's blood drive, there are more blood drives planned throughout the month. Next Monday, May 6, there will be a blood drive at the First Christian Church on Audubon Drive from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, the American Red Cross will be at the Paducah Power System building on Broadway from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Then on Sunday, May 19, the Red Cross will be at St. John's Catholic Church in Lone Oak from 8 a.m. until noon.
There are a few requirements to donate. The Red Cross says the most important requirement is to be healthy. That means you feel well and can perform normal activities. You must also be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Check out the video for more on the importance of giving blood.