Donating Blood to the Red Cross

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, the senior pastor at Inglewood, California’s, Faithful Central Bible Church, earned a doctor of ministry from the United Theological Seminary and a doctor of divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry. As a spiritual leader, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer reaches out to the local and international communities through his support of organizations such as the Los Angeles Urban League and the American Red Cross.

As the holiday season approaches, the American Red Cross has begun a campaign urging healthy individuals to donate blood. As families become busy during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, blood donations at organizations like the Red Cross frequently decrease. Donating blood is one of the simplest and most effective ways to support the American Red Cross. There are, however, a few requirements an individual must meet prior to making a blood donation.

In addition to being in overall good health, a person must be at least 16 or 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Additional rules apply in certain states, for females, and in the event of a double red cell donation. An individual living with a condition like diabetes should consult with a physician prior to donating, while repeat donors must wait between 56 and 112 days before making successive donations.

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