You don't need a special reason to donate blood. You just need your own reason. Some of us give blood because we are asked by a friend. Some know that a family member, or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing to do.
Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply and you'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life. It is also good for you - you will receive a mini physical to check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and hemoglobin.
Before your donation, maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron fortified cereals and raisins. Get a good night's sleep. Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or fluids and eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods such as hamburgers, fries, or ice cream before donating. Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fats that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods.
Remember to bring your donor card, driver's license, or two other forms of ID. The Red Cross will be collecting donations on Thursday, December 29th from 2:00 - 6:00 at the Reinbeck Memorial Building. You are welcome to just walk in, but if you prefer an appointment, please call Irma Thede at 788-2388, or Mary Lou Moser at 345-2810.