Jacqui Callinan was listening to Seattle, WA-based radio station, KEXP, when she heard a public service announcement about the need for blood. So did every other listener that day, but not everyone took action. Why did Jacqui? Here’s what she had to say:

Jacqui Callinan made an appointment to donate blood after hearing an appeal on Seattle radio station, KEXP.

What would you tell someone who is considering donating blood for the first time?

The benefits of giving far outweigh the receiving.

Many donors tell us that they give blood in honor of someone important to them: a friend or family member affected by blood donation. Is that the case with you?

I was inspired by a lot of people. I’m a former nurse who had premature twins. Tegan, my daughter, needed a lot of transfusions in the first few months of her life.

Thank you for your donation Jacqui! We are so appreciative of people like you.

The American Red Cross is facing a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer. Hospitals and patients need donors to book appointments now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a blood shortage.  

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

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