Muskingum Valley Red Cross in Need of Blood

by Katie Jeffries on April 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross wants you to get into a good habit. The 56 day habit to be exact.

Every 56 days a person can donate blood. With the rough winter not many people were able to make it out to donate, but the Muskingum Valley Red Cross hopes that is about to change.

"People couldn’t get out and give, but now that spring is here, we want to encourage everyone to get back into one of those 56 day schedules so you are being reminded to come down every 56 days and give and it will make somebody else feel better, and it will make you feel better," says Keely Warden with the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

Warden says the Genesis area uses 9,700 units of blood each year and the Muskingum Valley Red Cross generates only 9,000 units. But the donated blood is not just used for catastrophic accidents, it is used to help everyday people.

"Everybody thinks about the tragic accidents, but you know it could be the little girl down the street that is having chemo treatments or the guy that sits in front of you at church that had a hip replacement. It could touch your life everyday or somebody in your families life everyday," says Davis.

The blood drive will be Friday at the Muskingum Valley Red Cross at 22 South 7th Street in downtown Zanesville from 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-Red-Cross. Everyone who donates will receive a posy from Paul’s Farm Market and home-made cookies.