Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, June 29, 2017
2:00pm -  6:30pm
in the Fellowship Hall

EVERY DAY, over 41,000 units of blood products are needed by patients from coast to coast.

To set up an appointment to donate blood,
call Jennifer in the church office at 828-264-3906.

Red Cross Blood Facts

  • 41,000 blood donations needed every day... 1,700 each hour
  • 30 million blood components are transfused each year
  • Average red cell transfusion is 3 pints
    Average adult has 10 pints of blood
  • Blood donation is 1 pint
  • Shelf life of blood components:
    Red cells: 42 days
    Platelets: 5 days
    Plasma: 1 year if frozen

The Red Cross supplies 40% of U.S. blood supply
80% of Red Cross blood comes from blood drives
20% comes from Red Cross Donor Centers
The Red Cross partners w/ 50,000 blood drive sponsors each year.
           200,000 blood drives



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.
Please be sure to carefully read the book you are given upon entering the blood drive. It will list and explain the possible exposures and drugs which will cause deferral.
  • 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.
How can I best prepare myself to donate blood?
  • 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.
The Red Cross is accepting a limited number of appointments for double red (apheresis) donations for blood types: 
O-, O+, A- and B –
If you are interested in an aphereisis donation, please let Jennifer know when you call for an appointment


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.