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Red Cross blood drive June 3

May 31, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience. The American Red Cross recommends getting a good night's sleep, drinking an extra 16 ounces of water, eating iron rich foods to maintain a healthy iron level, and consuming a low-fat meal before donating. Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible - every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

The Red Cross has scheduled a community blood drive in Reinbeck on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Memorial Building. To make an appointment, call Irma Thede 277-2388, or Mary Lou Moser 345-2810. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license (or two other forms of identification) are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

If you have never given blood before - give it a try. It is a simple and wonderful way to help others in need. If you are a blood donor, please come and bring a friend, or two. Walk ins are welcome, but we encourage you to make an appointment to minimize your wait time.



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