Red Cross Blood Drive
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, January 12, 2017
2:00pm - 6:30pm
in the Fellowship Hall
Donated plasma has a shelf life of 5 days and must be replaced often and regularly
1. Donate blood... to set up an appointment, call Jennifer in the church office at 264-3906 or online at
2. Donate snack foods, drinks or fresh fruit for our donors after their donation. This is a very important aspect of the drive as it allows donors to refresh and to begin to replenish after giving their gift of blood. To find out more, call Stephen at 828-773-0386.
3. Pray for the success of our Blood Drive and of the American Red Cross.
Blood Drive Frequently Asked Questions:Why am I sometimes turned away from a blood drive without giving blood?
People are turned away (deferred) from giving blood for 2 main reasons:
- To protect the prospective donor’s health
- Each prospective donor’s vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, iron level) are assessed to ensure that they are healthy enough to give blood without adverse reaction.
- Prospective donors also take a private survey as well as an interview with a Red Cross nurse to make sure that the donor can safely donate blood.
- If there is any question of a prospective donor’s health, they are deferred until another day.
- If you are deferred from donating due to your vital signs, please consider donating at another blood drive in the area in the near future. Some of the donors at our blood drive will have been deferred from other drives.
- To protect the blood recipient
- Because blood recipients tend to be in fragile health, the Red Cross takes every precaution to eliminate any threat or danger associated with the blood or blood product they receive.
- These threats could come from donor’s exposure to diseases or prescription drugs that may linger in the donor’s system.
- What if I am deferred?
- If you are deferred, we encourage you to not give up! The Red Cross works with many organizations in the High Country continually conducting blood drives.
- Hydrate…drink plenty of water the day before and the day of the blood drive. Remember that coffee and soft drinks can actually dehydrate you, so be sure to include some good old H20.
- Eat well…to make sure you have enough iron, eat a balanced diet. There are so many sources of iron that if you choose from all the food groups, you’ll be sure to include iron in your diet.
- Remember that Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so try to include citrus fruits or green leafy vegetables.
While many of us know about Red Cross Blood Drives in general, it helps to know more about the need for blood and the mechanics of a Blood Drive.
What happens to the donated blood?
When you donate blood, you donate 3 products that are used in hospitals.
- Red Blood Cells are used for surgery as well as for accident victims.
- Platelets are used for cancer patients.
- Plasma is used for burn patients and cancer patients.
Therefore your 1 donation can save and/or sustain 3 lives. However, blood products have a shelf life of only 21 – 42 days and there is no substitute for human blood. So the need is constant. First Presbyterian Church is proud to be among local organizations taking part in this vital mission.