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Mountain Home Air Force base will conduct its regular blood drive 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 21 at the Gunfighter fitness center. Every two seconds, a patient in the United States is in need of blood. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Angelina Drake)
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Blood donations needed

Posted 6/20/2012   Updated 6/20/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


6/20/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- MHAFB will become an enabler to a cause that has the potential of saving numerous lives across the country -- the regular blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 21 at the fitness center.

According to professionalmarketinginternationalcharities.org, donating blood is one of the most important, yet overlooked charities in existence. It states, "Every two seconds, a patient in the United States is in need of blood. In fact, about one of every seven people entering a hospital requires a blood transfusion. These startling statistics underscore the crucial nature of blood donation. Yet, only about three percent of the population currently gives blood."

Like clockwork, the base has hosted a blood drive every 52 days and many have proved successful in the eyes of those involved.

"Lately we have received more than 100 donors, which is incredible," said James Koseki, blood drive coordinator. "The record is 122, but I am really panicking because right now I have ten people scheduled and typically by this time I would have 20 to 30 donors signed up."

Coordinators agree, the blood drive is more than just a volunteer opportunity, it provides a unique opportunity for Gunfighters to make an important impact not only within their community but the entire nation.

"One unit of blood has the potential to save three lives, and without those units of blood what would we do if there was an accident and someone got hurt today and really needed it?" asked Koseki. "I've heard people say...'I don't want to donate because it hurts, that's a big needle.' Can you imagine how much it would hurt if there was no blood to give? People would die."

Koseki emphasized the fact donors can be sure they're making a difference in someone's life.

"I will guarantee every unit of blood we draw will be given to somebody, if not in our area elsewhere in the country," said Koseki.

According to blood drive coordinators, the program would not be the same without the assistance from the Airmen with the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

"Each blood drive LRS provides Airmen to help out, and they've done a fantastic job," said Koseki. "Honestly I don't know how I would set up a blood drive without their help."

For more information on future blood drives, contact James Koseki at (208) 828-7830.







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