This week residents across Cooma have the chance to be a hero.
The Red Cross blood bank mobile unit is in town this week for one of its regular visits.
Cooma Hospital Emergency Department doctor, Sean Truter, encouraged locals to get along and donate blood.
"Blood saves lives. It certainly has in Cooma," he said.
"It is always in short supply. You can never have too much."
The statistics speak for themselves. Figures compiled by the blood service show while one in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, just one in 30 Australians gives blood each year (3 per cent).
"If you want to be a hero this is one way of being a hero and saving someone's life," Dr Truter said.
One donation can help save up to three lives. The hospital's manager of in patient services Denise Green said blood donations were used across the hospital from the emergency department, to assisting those with chronic disease and in maternity.
"Blood donations are totally invaluable. We are forever grateful for the blood we receive," she said.
The mobile unit arrived in Cooma yesterday. It will be operating today (Tuesday) and Wednesday from 9.40am to 3.30pm.