Red Cross Blood Drive in Honor of Boy Burned in Halloween Accident

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MULLICA HILL - Seven-year-old Jared Callan spent 26 days in the hospital after suffering second- and third-degree burns when his costume caught fire on Halloween. The burns covered 35% of his body and required numerous surgeries and four blood transfusions.
“Jared is a sweet, kind and funny second grader with a smile that lights up a room,” said Amy Kline, blood drive coordinator and family friend of the Callans.
"Although he is back home now, he still visits the hospital three days each week for physical therapy. We are eternally grateful for the blood donors who generously gave so that blood was already on the shelves to help save Jared’s life.”
Doctors treating certain medical conditions, responding to trauma injuries, and performing surgical procedures such as transplants use blood transfusions to care for patients through the help of volunteer blood and platelet donors.
“Every two seconds someone like Jared needs blood,” said Beth Toll, external communications manager for the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of Red Cross.
“We need healthy, eligible donors to give blood, as we know that extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often make it difficult for the Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply during this time of year.”
Volunteer blood donors during the “Give Blood. Give Hope.” promotion in relation to January being National Blood Donor Month will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
To make an appointment to donate blood in honor of Jared Callan, call 1-800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code PSJC. Donations will be made at 401 Cedar Rd. in Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062, on Wednesday, January 13 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
To donate blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800.733.2767. Blood donors must present a driver’s license or two other forms of identification at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High-school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
For more information, visit redcross.org or via Twitter at @RedCross.

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