We had some close calls Monday in Seneca County.
In one, a dump truck struck a gas line in the morning on CR 38, within feet of where an accident ruptured a gas line in February 2012. Luckily this time, a blaze did not result.
Monday night, a tornado tore the roof off a TR 36 residence near Kansas. It's fortunate no one was hurt.
Elsewhere, people haven't been so lucky. Every day brings disasters large and small to individuals, families and communities nationwide. Each day, doctors and nurses treat patients who rely on the generosity of others to help save their lives.
If you are healthy and old enough to drive, you can help.
The American Red Cross issued an emergency request Tuesday for platelet and blood donors of all types due to a lag in donations.
How to give
A blood donor card or driver license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
"Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood," stated Kathy Smith, interim CEO for the Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. "Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."
Nationwide, Red Cross blood donations dropped 10 percent in June. High school and college blood drives - which can collect as much as 20 percent of all donations during the school year - are on hiatus. Also, the mid-week Independence Day holiday put a dent in drives.
So if you are eligible to donate again, or haven't yet taken the opportunity to give blood, please do so soon. Drives are planned this afternoon in Bellevue and Thursday afternoon in Sycamore. Call (800) RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Don't miss an opportunity to help someone who couldn't avoid trouble.