14 News & American Red Cross hosts Celebration Freedom Blood Drive

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Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 8:11 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The need for blood donations is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood donation to live.

The American Red Cross says one single blood donation can help save up to three lives.

That need is always greater for the men and women who are serving our country.

14 News teamed up with the Southwest Indiana chapter of the American Red Cross for the Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive.

Airforce veteran, Matthew Muser, says from his experience in the military, he’s seen first hand the difference blood donations can make.

“Seeing people donate blood and knowing that over half of the VA’s blood supplies some from the red cross, it makes me feel good to know that that’s a way people can give to the service members that’s so much more than just a thank you,” said Muser.

The Veteran watched as the donated blood from the red cross saved many of his comrades lives after they faced trauma injuries from roadside bombs.

“It was amazing some of the trauma injuries that happened in deployed locations that we actually survived, and the reason we survived is because we had those blood products available.”

As he saw donors coming in today, memories flash back of his service brothers and sisters in the Air Force that needed blood to survive -- and to a moment just this year, that changed his life at home forever.

“I lost my wife in April of this year due to a pulmonary embolism and it’s been the most painful experience that I’ve ever had to deal with and that loss isn’t something that I would wish on anyone,” said Muser. “If you can come out and donate blood products, it will help save someone’s wife, son, daughter.”

If you missed Tuesday’s blood drive, there are several more drives coming up at locations across Southwest Indiana.

To find one near you and schedule an appointment visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS, or by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

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