Easter weekend is approaching, and that means many people will be on the road traveling to see family. More traffic means more accidents and with the area blood supply shortage those who get hurt this weekend might not get the help they need. 80-year-old Ruthy Delth has donated blood over 100 times, giving more than 12 gallons of blood. The blood she has donated helped save over 300 lives. Delth says, "The main reason I donate is because I can show people I love them. It's like sending a card to someone and not signing it and just sending it to show them I love them.” Now Ruthy's type of love is really needed. American Red Cross Blood Center Coordinator, Shannon Jordan, says "right now we have several blood types that are in emergency and critical levels, which means they only have a day full supply of that blood. So if someone was to have an accident and needed that type of blood, it may not be there." Ruthy says, "I just don't understand why everybody who can give doesn't. Why don't people take the time. There are a lot of things I cannot do, but this is one thing I can do, so I'm going to do it as long as I can." The American Red Cross says that 95 percent of us are going to need blood in our life and only 5 percent of the population donates blood. If only 5 percent more people donated, there probably would not be a blood supply shortage. The American Red Cross accepts walk ins, or you can make an appointment. Blood donors must be 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit to giving blood.
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