It’s a scary thought – blood may not be on the shelves when patients need it the most. 1 in 7 people entering a hospital will need blood. Without generous blood donors these patients would not have access to the care they need. There is no substitute for blood.
That’s why the American Red Cross and actress Neve Campbell are teaming up to remind people to roll-up a sleeve to give blood this summer. Did you know, 50% of Americans like watching blood spilled in movies, but only 3% actually donate it? Blood isn’t just for movies, it saves lives. Together through a new campaign that showcases cliched ways blood is spilled in movies, we’re asking: When was the last time you donated blood?
Neve understands the importance of blood being readily available for those in need, having almost needed blood once in a surgery and having known both friends and family members who have needed blood transfusions to support essential medical care.
“I certainly have known people who have needed blood, my grandmother in particular. I came close to needing blood once during a surgery. Had it been necessary, I would have been happy to receive it and grateful to the people who donated it,” said Neve.
Unfortunately, this summer the American Red Cross is experiencing a decline in lifesaving blood donations. This means donations are going out to the door faster than they are coming in, which can lead to a blood shortage and possibly delay essential medical care—creating a real-life nightmare for patients and their families.
Too much blood is spilled in horror movies, but you can save lives with yours. Book an appointment now with the Red Cross to help prevent a blood shortage visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.