Baker City -
When people choose to donate blood to the American Red Cross, some give a few pints a year, while others have donated 100 pints in their lifetime. Father Julian Cassar of Saint Francis Cathedral in Baker City, Oregon is one of them.
The American Red Cross recently sent an emergency shipment of blood to Haiti to help alleviate the temporary blood shortage in hospitals in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Blood donors are needed to meet additional requests from the island country.
In Ontario's Durham Region, police officers, firefighters and emergency crew members are rolling up their sleeves to donate blood. The Sirens for Launch competition officially launched at Region of Durham headquarters on July 9.
According to the Red Cross, more than 43,000 pints of blood are donated each day by Canadians and Americans, helping 4.5 million patients who need blood transfusions. Yet shortages still occur and acompany now wants to solve this problem via Facebook.