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How to prepare for a good blood donation experience

July 26, 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 was 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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Reinbeck Community Blood Drive

Thursday, August 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Located at Memorial Building, 208 Broad Street, Reinbeck IA

How to donate blood:

Simply download the America Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-8000-Red CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. 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. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.



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