Saving Lives

THE OHIO Valley again responded to a worthy cause Monday. Valley residents always step up.

Although it didn’t meet its established goal, the 27th annual Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive at WesBanco Arena still turned out to be a success.

The Wheeling blood drive has become a rite of January. It is the largest event of its kind in the region, and has saved countless lives over the years.

Monday’s goal was to collect 400 units of blood. The output came up a little short, reaching 319. We view that as a success. That is still a large amount of blood to collect in one day, as blood supplies are at drastically low levels in the area.

Moreover, anytime you stage an event in January in the Ohio Valley you run the risk of bad weather raising its nasty head. Monday’s cold and snowy conditions forced only the brave, passionate and committed to matriculate to WesBanco.

Monday’s blood donor day will provide hundreds of in-need individuals with hope of a normal and extended life. In the first 26 years of the event, more than 20,000 units of blood have been collected. That is a staggering amount which has obviously saved countless lives.

While that total is truly remarkable, it pales in comparison to the more than 38,000 donors needed daily to meet the blood demand in the U.S.

That figure underlines the need for blood drives as well as for the public to support them.

We commend all those who ventured out on a frigid winter’s day to donate while also giving hope to those in dire need of blood. You truly are lifesavers.