continued “We want to make sure we maintain a stable blood supply for our hospitals,” Aery said. “One pint of blood can help up to three recipients. You’re looking at more than 1.3 million recipients that can be saved.”
Penman said she’s always been a huge advocate of blood donations. When she was in college at Rutgers University, she received an award for signing up the largest number of blood donors during a drive at school. Now, more than ever, she stresses how crucial donating blood is.
“I know there’s a lot of people that do it very regularly, but if we could get the people that aren’t doing it regularly … (someone needs blood at) any given day, any given moment,” Penman said. “I’ll never forget the doctor coming in and just saying, ‘We’re cautiously optimistic.’ I don’t even know what that meant at the time. I don’t think he knew what that meant.”
In the American Red Cross truck, first-time blood donor 18-year-old Courtney Clickner calmly waited for her turn.
“I’m excited to help someone,” she said.
Interested blood donors can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment, find a blood drive location or ask a question.