NEW YORKAmericas Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are reaching out to young U.S. adults to become the next generation to give blood.
A survey, commissioned by the blood groups, of 18- to 24-year-old adults, found 54 percent know that Taylor Hicks was the most recent winner of Foxs American Idol, 41 percent knew that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie named their baby Shiloh, but only 14 percent knew that a blood donation can save three lives.
Few people realize that blood has a shelf life of only 42 days or that eligible donors are allowed to give blood every two months. As the population ages, the United States could lose more and more willing donors, which could cause an even greater threat to our national blood supply, according to the Red Cross.
Currently, some 60 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only 5 percent of those who can, do.
A new multimedia campaign directs young adults to visit the Web site bloodsaves.com, which explains blood donation and points out saving the world isnt easy, but saving a life is.
From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue