When Beth Conduit turned 18, her father was adamant that she needed to give blood. He told her that someday she too might need help and she took that to heart.
Beth is originally from New York but has settled in South Carolina. She was evacuated before Hurricane Matthew but thankfully her home was not impacted. However, disaster or no disaster, Beth gives blood on a regular basis. As soon as the American Blood Donor clinic was open again after the storm, she was there.
The commitment of people like Beth is more critical than ever because the lingering effects of the storm continue to impact blood collections in the southeast, resulting in an urgent need for blood and platelet donations across the country.
"Everyone who can give blood should do it," Beth says passionately. "It's not that hard." Staff like Paulette Lawrence at the blood collection sites are trained and ready to serve you.
Eligible donors unaffected by the storm are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible to ensure we have a readily available blood supply for patients in need. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-768-8048).
Photo: Paulette Lawrence, a staff member at the Red Cross Blood Collection Clinic in Charleston, SC, greets every donor with a smile.