Elgin High School Seek Blood Donors

Elgin Local SchoolsThe Elgin FFA is holding a blood drive at the new Elgin K-12 school on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Elgin High School Gymnasium (on the North end of the building and come in through the doors labeled Comets). Appointments are still available.

To schedule an appointment, you can call the high school at (740) 223-4300 extension number 3082. Donors must be at least 16 years of age with parent permission.

Every two seconds someone in America need blood. Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims, heart surgery, organ transplants, women suffering from childbirth complications, and patients receiving treatments for many different cancers and other serious conditions.

The Central Ohio Region of the Red Cross encompasses 27 counties -including Marion County- and assists patients at 41 hospital. The region needs approx. 650 donors daily to maintain the supply.

Under normal circumstances, a donor can give one unit of whole blood every 56 days (8 weeks) or double red cells every 112 (16 weeks.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Ohio), who weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors under age 19 may have to meet additional weight requirements, depending on gender and height. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

If you have questions about your eligibility to give blood (such as any medications you may be taking, your health history, or the height and weight requirements for donors under 19), please call the American Red Cross Donor Suitability unit, Toll-free, at 866-426-0922.

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