Andrea's Garden Cafe Sponsor for ACH Blood Drive
On Thursday, April 8th, the monthly ACH/ARC blood drive will be sponsored by Adrea's Garden Cafe. The hours for the drive will be12 noon until 6 p.m. in conference room 1-A in the hospital.
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â€œIndividuals are eligible to donate every 56 days. We cannot impress upon the community the never-ending need for blood and blood products in our community. Donating blood is something that takes little time, costs nothing, yet provides a life line for so many community members,â€ shares Paula Lee, ACH blood committee member.
â€œWorking in the lab at ACH, I see on a daily basis the need for these blood products. We are a community that takes pride in caring for its own. And this is one way that a large portion of our community residents can help each other,â€ Lee continues. â€œBut the statistics for donors is low â€“ about 5% of our population has made a life-giving commitment to their family, friends and neighbors!â€
Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be 17 years of age (unless a permission slip has been signed by a parent/guardian for a 16 year old) and be in general good health the day of the donation. A photo ID or donor card must also be presented at registration.
â€œThe whole process is quick and efficient. After registering, a donor meets privately with an ARC representative for a medical history which also includes having his/her blood pressure taken and a finger-prick blood sample to test the iron level of the individual's blood. Once this is completed, the individual then moves to the drawing room where the process takes about 15-20 minutes.â€
After making the donation, the donor spends some time at the canteen for some snacks and beverages that will help their body begin to replenish from their donation.
Donors are asked to schedule an appointment for the drive in order to maintain an efficient donor flow, although no walk-in will be turned away. Appointments can be made by going online to www.givelife.org or by calling the volunteer office at the hospital at 330-596-7822 or 330-596-7821.
As a Business Express sponsor of this drive, Andrea's Garden CafÃ© will provide a $10 gift certificate for the Cafe to five lucky donors whose names will be entered into a random drawing.