During the winter months blood donations are at their lowest levels and the Red Cross is working to improve that number.
The Red Cross held its annual winter blood drive at Secrest Auditorium on Monday. One pint of donated blood can be used to save up to three lives. Blood can be used for its various properties and can improve the lives of people suffering from severe injuries or diseases.
"Blood is obviously used for trauma it is also used for treatments of cancer, cancer patients use pellets and plasma and other products from blood so it is used in those areas as well," said Donor Recruitment Rep, Rick Dayton.
Donating blood takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Donors must fill out a confidential blood survey, get checked for fevers and other red flags and then they are ready to begin donating. One donor has advice for first time blood givers.
"Just don’t look down when they stick the needle in, but there is nothing to it. It takes a few minutes and you can have a pretty good feeling about yourself," said Wayne Newland.
If you missed the drive you can visit the Red Cross website for a list of blood drives going on in your area at www.redcrossblood.org