Community Blood Drive

Our next Community Blood Drive is 

Saturday, September  16, 2017
6:30a to 12:30pm

See you then!

CONTACT:
to make your lifesaving donation of blood (whole or double reds)

Feel free to spread the word to a family member or friend!

 

Facts about blood needs:

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.

More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).

More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

  

Blood Donation Eligibility Guidelines:

To give blood, you must:

Be at least 17 years old or 16 years with parental consent=bring a Red Cross form signed by your parents= http://www.redcrossblood.org/students/sixteen/gcp

Weigh at least 110 pounds.

Be Healthy.  "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition "healthy" also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Have not donated whole blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or double red cells in the last 16 weeks (112 days).

We have a link to help with eligibility criteria:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical-listing

YES, diabetics CAN give blood! 

 Keep in Mind

You are never too old to donate!  As long as you are 17 or older you are eligible to donate.

It doesn’t take long.  You should be through in under an hour!  ARC has improved the process and estimate you should be ready to leave in 45 minutes.

Activity afterwards is not limited.  You are requested to not lift anything heavy for 4 hours and to refrain from strenuous exercise for 12 hours.

It really doesn’t hurt.  Nearly everyone is a little nervous the first time they donate.  Most say they only feel a slight pinch when the needle is inserted.

Worried you may have a problem.  Seek out daily physical activity such as brisk walking.  Regular, steady activity encourages the marrow to produce more blood cells.  Improve iron absorption by consuming meat, fish, poultry and foods containing ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) at the same meal.  Search out and consume iron-rich foods like liver, beans, Turkey, Clams Spinach, Shrimp, Split Peas, Hamburger, Peas, Raisins, Chocolate, Tomato Juice, Shredded Wheat.  Drink lots of water!

Don’t assume you cannot donate.  Most people do not realize they really are eligible.  You can be on medicine or under a doctor’s care and still be eligible.  Many conditions (i.e. blood pressure, cancer, etc.), taking medications, or travel history does NOT automatically eliminate you from donating.  Many who have been told in the past they are not eligible to donate may now be eligible as wait times or guidelines have changed.

 For ALL Medical & Travel Eligibility Questions Please Call

the American Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276

  Come join your friends, family, and neighbors to help others in need.

TUMC Blood Drive