Here's two basic words with an essential meaning: Donate blood.
Friday, June 14, is World Blood Donor Day, but the message of the American Red Cross' campaign is donors are needed every day of the year, not solely one day.
"No matter the season, the need for blood is constant," the Red Cross states.
Think about his fact: Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a transfusion, and around 44,000 pints of blood must be donated every day to meet patient needs.
With that, we urge those who have donated in the past to continue to American Red Cross' need. And to those who haven't, think about what a small portion of your day can do in the lives of another.
One local blood drive takes place noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Peter Metrovich Community Center on Pugh Road in Calcutta.
You are asked to call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
All types of blood always are in need.
What's required is identification. It can be a blood donor card, a driver's license or two other forms of ID. Donors must be age 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.
The Red Cross says summer "is a challenging time" for blood donations, but adds the message that if at least two additional donors give blood at every blood drive this summer, above what's expected, "it will help ensure blood is available for patients at a moment's notice."
A stable blood supply is vital for treating trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and many others, the Red Cross reminds us.
Two other blood drives will take place in the coming weeks: noon to 6 p.m. June 24 at the Chester Municipal Building and noon to 6 p.m. July 2 at East Liverpool High School.
We urge all who can to take part.