Hurricanes Florence and Michael struck the East Coast impacting nearly three million people, according to the American Red Cross. There is a constant need for blood, but right now, patients are requiring blood faster than donations are stocking hospitals shelves. Drs. Amir Marashi and Arman Haghighi with Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery are teaming up with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas to host their first annual carnival-themed Blood Drive in October to help increase blood supply levels and save lives. All donors will receive a gift bag.
The tropical storms forced the cancelation of more than 1,500 blood and platelet donations, resulting in an urgent need for blood donors to replenish the supply. There is no substitute for blood, and all blood given was originally donated by a generous donor. Every day, people lose blood in accidents and injuries and desperately require fresh blood to compensate for their loss. In many cases, blood is also used for lifesaving transfusions for patients undergoing medical treatments.
“When disasters hit like the hurricanes, it’s extremely important that our hospitals are fully stocked with blood to treat patients immediately if an emergency occurs,” said Dr. Marashi. “Blood is not only needed now; there is an endless need for blood donors. We are looking forward to saving lives and giving back to our community.”
While giving blood is about helping those in need, there are included health benefits for the donor. Studies suggest that many Americans consume more iron than needed to maintain good health. Donating blood lowers iron levels, which helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Donating blood also replenishes new red blood cells so the body can work more efficiently and productively.
Donors must be 17 years old, or 16 with a parent consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors must also feel healthy the day of their donation, and it is encouraged to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior to donating. All donors must also bring an ID.
To help save lives, donate blood on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery located at 9787 Charlotte Hwy, Suite 100, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. To sign up for a lifesaving appointment, visit:.