Blood Drive – Donors Needed
WHAT: Every other month a blood drive is held at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, in the hospital Auditorium. All presenting donors will receive a free five dollar meal ticket redeemable at the Pleasant Avenue Café’ located at St. Mary’s Hospital. Donors will also receive either a $5 gift certificate to Amazon or to Subway.
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2018 beginning at 11 am and ending at 5 pm
Registration is not necessary but appreciated; register by calling 618.436.6450 or online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org with sponsor code 10552.
WHERE: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
400 North Pleasant Avenue
Centralia, Illinois 62801
WHY: Medical facilities are in constant need of blood and blood products. Donations save lives. Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Donation by the numbers:
1 pint (a typical donation) can save 3 lives
1 in 4 people will require a blood transfusion in their lives
38,000 + blood donations are needed every day in the US
4.5 million + require a blood transfusion
Starting at age 17 and stopping at age 79, one person could donate 46.5 gallons of blood if s/he donated every two months
10-12 pints of blood is in the typical adult
Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood
Type 0 negative can be transfused to all blood types
38% of the US population can donate blood but ….
less than 10% actually donate
Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from donors
WHO: Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org). A photo I.D. is required. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days or 8 weeks since the last donation. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors. For more detailed information on donor eligibility, visit http://www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood/donating-blood/donor-eligibility.aspx