Summer Blood Drive
Give the Gift of Life
Save the date! Newman’s summer blood drive will be Sunday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. upstairs in the MPR.
The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his/her body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation. A healthy donor may donate whole blood every 56 days. At Newman blood drives the Red Cross also brings a “double reds” machine where a person can donate just red cells, returning platelets and plasma. (Ask at the drive about this option.) Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year. There are four types of blood products that can be derived from whole blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a pint of donated whole blood – hence each donation can help save up to three lives.
You can help by:
A) Donating blood — Sign up before or after Mass the weekend of July 15/16 or click here to schedule an appointment.
B) Volunteering your help.
We need Volunteers who can:
- Help unload the Red Cross truck and set up at 6:45 a.m. This is an important job. If you are an early riser, please consider running over to Newman for a half hour or so.
- Greeter: greet and guide donors as they arrive.
- Donor Room: help in the donor room—mainly visiting with donors and seeing that things are running smoothly.
- Canteen: help serve drinks and snacks, signing donor cars, visiting, and being watchful.
- Make snacks: cookies, veggie/fruit tray, etc. for the canteen.
- Help to reload the Red Cross truck at about 2 p.m. (Takes about 20 mins.)
Can you help a couple of hours or all day? Call Bob 445-6737 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can donate blood if you:
- Are at least 17 years old. (16 with signed parental form).
- Weigh at least 110 lbs.
- Haven’t donated since May 28.
- Have an ID (driver’s license, donor card, etc.)
- Are in good health. (Please eat a good breakfast on the morning of the drive.)
Some Tips before Donating Blood
-On the week before the donation make sure your diet includes foods rich in iron, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
-On the day before and day of the donation drink an extra 16 oz. water or nonalcoholic fluids.
-On the night before the donation get a good night’s sleep.
-Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the donation.
What’s it like to Give Blood?
For those who have never donated blood, here is what to expect upon arriving at the summer blood drive.
You will initially be given a pamphlet to read with any updated information about donating blood. Then you will be registered on a lap top computer by a Red Cross worker. (Remember to bring an ID –driver’s license, donor card, etc.) The worker will then ask you to answer a long list of personal questions on the lap top; this is important to insure that your blood will be safe for others. (The Red Cross now allows folks to do their Health History questions online on the day of the drive, before arriving, saving them 10 to 20 minutes in the donor room. Just refer to Newman’s web site under “Blood Drive,” if you are interested in doing this.) Then your temperature and blood pressure will be taken, and a drop of your blood will be checked for iron to make sure that it is safe for you to donate on this day. Your blood donation will be tested thoroughly before it is given to a patient. This is how the Red Cross insures a safe supply of blood.
The thing folks fear most, the actual needle stick, does sting or burn for a couple of seconds, but it’s really not bad. After 5 to 10 minutes the blood is drawn and you’re invited to rest and have juice and some great snacks at the canteen. Most people feel fine afterwards; you may feel a bit fatigued, but this is a great excuse for a Sunday afternoon nap. Best of all, you feel great because you know you gave the “gift of life.”
The Day of the Blood Drive
Save 10-20 minutes in the donor room by completing your health history online! It must be done on the day of the blood drive (July 23).
- Visit: redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
- Read the information
- Answer the questions
- Print the pass or email it to yourself