(IOWA) There is always a need for blood, and blood donations tend to decline during the summer, which is why there are several opportunities to donate in southwest Iowa this summer.
“Donating blood is a really simple process, it only takes about an hour, so if you’ve never donated before and you’re wondering, what is the commitment, what is it going to take; in about an hour you could potentially help give someone else a lifetime,” said April Oppliger, Communications Program Manager with the Red Cross. “Most people liken the needle stick to a pinch in the arm. Actually donating the blood, where the needle is inserted, takes about five minutes, so it’s a pretty short process.”
Oppliger added, “We encourage you; if you’re coming in for the first time, or if you’re a regular donor, to get a good night’s rest, drink lots of fluids so you’re well hydrated, eat something and those things will help you have a more successful donation.”
Oppliger said all blood types are truly needed, but O negative, B negative and A negative are needed the most.
And, Oppliger said those who donate blood through September 5th will be entered in the “Live Life, Give Life” summer promotion. One lucky donor will win a $5,000 giftcertificates.com prize package.
A blood drive is being held at the Oakland Community Center until 5:30 p.m. today.
Upcoming blood drives will be held in the following locations:
*Shenandoah Medical Center on June 8th from 7 am to 1 pm
*Irwin Community Building on June 11th from 11 am to 5 pm
*Anita Community Center on June 12th from 12 pm to 6 pm
*Corning Community Center on June 13th from 11 am to 5 pm
*Lewis Community Center on June 14th from 12 pm to 5:30 pm
*St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon on June 14th from 12 pm to 6 pm
*Treynor Community Center on June 14th from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
*Harlan Primary Elementary School on June 16th from 9 am to 2:30 pm
To make an appointment or to find an area blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org