By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
In the time it takes you to read the first sentence of this article, someone in the United States will be in need of a blood transfusion.
Luckily, the ability to help out family, friends, neighbors and even strangers who are in need is well within the reach of individuals who are willing to donate a little bit of time and a pint of blood.
“It helps save lives, that’s the bottom line,” Cheryl Gergely, communications manager for the American Red Cross, said. “The only source for blood and blood products is people who come in and donate blood. There’s no drug or medication that can substitute for it. It has to come from a live, human donor who takes the time to help save lives.”