The American Red Cross will be in Huntington to collect blood on June 14 from 2-7 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Huntington Stake Center, 11 East 200 North.
According to Joe Black, donor recruitment representative for Central Utah, "In Utah, someone needs blood every eight minutes. In Utah, the Red Cross serves 31 hospitals, including the Castleview Hospital in Price and must collect about 440 units of blood every day to meet the demand."
There is no substitute for blood, it can only be collected from voluntary donors and the demand is constant.
Black explained that an accident can require anywhere from four-40 units of blood, cancer treatments take two-six units and even a premature baby birth can use one-four units of blood.
Verla Jensen is the blood drive coordinator for the Red Cross blood drive on June 14. Call her at (435) 653-2236 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but donors with appointments will receive priority.
Individuals unable to donate blood can still make a contribution by organizing a Red Cross blood drive or volunteering.
To find the nearest blood drive to you at other times call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.