On Wednesday, December 9 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Cherokee will host its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Blue Barn, 1004 Tuckerton Road. You must be 16 years old, over 110 pounds, in good health, and be following COVID-19 guidelines before donating at the Cherokee Blood Drive.
Donating blood can save lives, and according to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s organs and of the four main blood types – A, B, AB, and O – O negative blood can be given to any blood type, making it the most requested at hospitals. In the United States, 38,000 people each day need a transfusion. By the end of the year, 4.5 million Americans will have needed a blood transfusion and with the pandemic crisis that number will be higher. But unfortunately, only 3% of eligible blood donors donate each year.
On the day of donation, you must bring two forms of identification such as a school ID, drivers license, or passport and a medication list if needed. Additionally, drink an extra 16 ounces of water, eat a healthy meal beforehand, bring music or a book for something to do while giving blood, and wear comfortable clothes with sleeves that you can roll up above your elbows. Before donating, it is recommended to eat iron-rich foods like red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals or raisins. Also being well hydrated and getting a good night’s sleep the day before is recommended. Bringing a friend can help, too, if you’re needle-shy or if you’re just nervous for your first time donating. Afterwards, the Red Cross has a refreshment area to replenish your body. Be sure to drink at least four glasses or 8 ounces of water 24 hours after the fact. Sharing your achievement on social media or with your relatives can inspire others to do the same. One hour of your time to donate blood can save a life.
Register to give blood here at: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Cherokee%20HS%20Community
For other accepted identification see here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/blood-donation-process/before-during-after/acceptable-formsofidforblooddonors.html.
For more information please contact Mr. Kelhower at: [email protected]