What Matters This Week: American Red Cross Month

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Local 22 & Local 44’s Lauren Maloney was joined by Mary Brant and Wendy Lapham of the American Red Cross to talk about the critical need for blood donations during Red Cross Month and the #BleedForTheThrone campaign.

Vermonters rank above average in terms of the donor population. Between 10-12% of Vermonters donate blood, compared to 7% nationwide, according to the Red Cross.

“To me, personally, that’s just an amazing feeling,” said Arcilla, a sophomore at Norwich University.

Arcilla’s fellow students, staff and community members donate 900 units of blood a year to the American Red Cross at biannual drives.

The drives are the largest university blood drives in the state, and part of the organization’s efforts to get young people in the habit of donating blood.

“As, really, our donors age out, we are not getting as many people to come in. So we really target high schools and colleges as that first experience with blood donating,” said Kathleen Luce of the American Red Cross.

Blood donated in Vermont goes first to local hospitals and then to the three other states in the region: New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

Find a blood drive near you by visiting: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

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