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If You Have Just One New Year Resolution for 2016, Let it Be Blood Donation

Update Date: Jan 05, 2016 01:21 PM EST

WBNG-TV, iHeart Media and American Red Cross sponsored blood drive for New Year resolution started off with a bang but it still needs many more donors to meet its targets. The total goal of the drive is to collect at least 205 pints of blood that can save as many as 615 lives! 188 pints were collected in the first 2-days of the drive. Theresa Blank, American Red Cross Account Manager said, even though the numbers look good, more donors must come forward for this noble cause. "We have fewer appointments over the weekend," Blank said. "We're looking for people to come and walk in or make appointments through our appointment system," as reported by WBNG News.

The blood donation process can take up to an hour but Red Cross took some steps out of the process to make it quicker. Before you qualify to donate blood, you will be required to go through a private screening test where the informant regarding your iron levels and blood type will be collected by the Red Cross. To make the process faster, many of these questions can be answered by the interested donors before they arrive to donate. "You can have it emailed to a smart device and then you can bring it right to your smart phone," Blank said. The last day of the drive is Sunday and is located at Oakdale Mall, opposite Ruby Tuesday's, reported WNBG News

Now that the medical science has found new and improved ways to use blood, more so with the population growing old, it is time for the donors to reach out and help, says Daily Telegraph.

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