EUGENE, Ore. — Earth Day isn’t for another few weeks, but a Eugene organization is celebrating all month long. The Lane Blood center has kicked off a new campaign to “Go Green by Giving Red”.
The group says for every donation of blood in April, it’ll plant a tree. It says it will buy up to two thousand trees from “Trees for the Future”, a non-profit that helps plant trees in developing countries.
Lane Blood Center Marketing Communications Specialist Kristi McElhinney says, “This is a wonderful time to do two wonderful things for your community at the same time. You get to save three lives with your blood donation. You get to help people in developing countries, sustain their environment by planting trees and I can’t think of any way that you could help that could be better.”
It takes about 45 minutes to donate blood. You have to be at least 16 and weigh 110 pounds.