There will be a blood drive on May 13 from 2-6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in St. James sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. James. To make an appointment call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org or for more information.
Preparation is key to successful blood donation.
Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.
The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level and avoid caffeinated beverages.
Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: ever 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor care or driver’s 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 my be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information, please visit redcross.org or join the blog at blog.redcross.org.
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