Throughout the Capital District, residents are responding to the emergency call for blood donations. But if hospitals continue to use up blood faster than blood banks can take it in, the situation could result in some people in need of blood for surgeries and other procedures not being able to get it. About 38 percent of us are eligible to give blood, but only about 10 percent of us do so. Giving blood is easy. It’s all but painless except for a needle prick. It only takes about an hour or so of your time. And it’s a way to give back to the community without costing you a penny. One of the best feelings you can get is receiving that email from the American Red Cross after you’ve donated telling you where your blood was sent and how many lives you helped save with your donation. If you haven’t donated in a while, think about making an appointment. If you’ve never donated, now is a good time to find out if your eligible. To get more information about donating blood, including a list of local blood, visit redcross.org.
In Saratoga Springs, The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust awarded Camp Abilities Saratoga, a service project of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, with a $6,200 grant. The money will be used by the Lions to purchase and outfit a storage trailer for the camps sports equipment. Camp Abilities Saratoga is an active sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired or deaf blind. The primary objective is to empower children and teens to be physically active through sports. To learn more about the Lions Camp Abilities camp visit campabilitiessaratoga.org.
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