No matter what the time of year, the American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region depends on committed donors to give the “gift of life” to help ensure that quality blood products and services are always available when and where they are needed by hospital patients. Here are some facts: • One unit of blood can help save the lives of up to three people • In the United States, a blood transfusion is needed almost every two seconds • Only approximately five percent of the eligible population in the United States donates blood • Almost 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood The Red Cross needs donors to keep giving blood during all times of the year if it is to continue meeting patients’ need for blood: transfusions for trauma victims who have experienced accidents or burns; patients undergoing heart surgery or organ transplants; and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. While it can be difficult to brave the elements during these winter months, we ask you to continue to make and keep your appointments. Your donation will help ensure that blood is available for those many patients who require this life-saving gift. It only takes about an hour of your time to help someone in need and you will leave with a great feeling in knowing that you may have helped save up to three lives. Please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit DonateBloodNow.org/DonateBlood/ now to make an appointment. Lives depend on it…. perhaps even your own. On behalf of all our patients, we thank you for your continued support of the American Red Cross.