May is a busy month, what with Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. It is also Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is asking eligible blood and platelet donors to consider making a blood donation in order to save the lives of trauma patients and others.
According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for nearly 41 million emergency room visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions every year which explains why blood is constantly in demand. A victim of a serious car accident, for example, can need as many as 100 units of blood.
More than 2,600 hospitals nationwide receive blood from the Red Cross, including 75 in the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region that covers the local region.
"When seconds matter, having a readily available blood supply is critical to trauma patient care," says Natalie Haney, donor recruitment director for our area.
In emergency trauma situations when there may not be time to determine a patient's blood type, type O negative blood and type AB plasma are used because they can be given to patients, regardless of blood type. Since about 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood and only about 4 percent has type AB blood, those donors are encouraged to donate as often as they are eligible.
The PGA Tour is back in town June 21-26 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda when 120 of the best men's pro golfers play for $6.9 million in prize money. The tournament, which distributes thousands of dollars to local charities, relies heavily on volunteers to handle a variety of tasks from manning Shotlink lasers to working in the admissions booth. In all, there are more than 20 volunteer committees to choose from.
Volunteers will receive a Quicken Loans National volunteer package which includes a volunteer Nike golf shirt and hat, volunteer admission badge and guest ticket, volunteer parking pass and complimentary food and beverage on the days you are scheduled to work.
Need a birthday party idea or rainy day activity for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three great MoCo events and businesses that cater to kids and birthdays.
The 34th annual event in Olde Towne Gaithersburg is a fun-fest for kids of all ages. From noon to 5:00 p.m., kids can laugh and explore with free amusements, sports, games, entertainment, and exhibits. There will be magicians, face painting, balloons, bouncy floors and more. gaithersburgmd.gov
NOYES LIBRARY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Even from the outside, kids will know this is no average library. Located in Kensington, Noyes Library is a charming one-room library just for young kids. It is filled with books and programs specifically for early childhood. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can also read and play together with their special adults. noyeslibraryfoundation.org
SANDY SPRING ADVENTURE PARK
For kids 5 and older, this is the place to come. The park offers some of the best climbing and zip lines around. There are 13 separate trails of varying levels of difficulty. Reservations are required.