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American Red Cross Blood Drive a continued success

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

Shown giving blood to the American Red Cross Friday afternoon is Taylor County resident Leo Roe. Shown in the background giving blood is Taylor County Magistrate Ricky Reese. These were just two of many local residents who took advantage to give blood Friday.

GRAFTON – The Red Cross was present Friday, Dec. 28 at the First Baptist Church of Grafton for their regularly scheduled blood drive.

During an interview with Red Cross representatives, the Mountain Statesman was informed that Taylor County is always very responsive to the agency’s plea for help in its efforts to maintain blood supplies.

Reports indicate that the First Baptist Church location normally has between 30 to 35 donors during each event. They further reported that 39 donors were present during the October blood drive.

For those that have never donated, but are considering doing so, the American Red Cross has provided a few tips to help in your being prepared.

Tip number one: be sure to watch for announcements of donation dates, times and locations in your local paper or church bulletin.

After learning of the date, plan ahead. If possible, the American Red Cross encourages all donors to include iron-rich foods in their diet.

As for the day of the event, be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Next, volunteers suggest that you wear clothing that is comfortable, with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

Donors should also remember to bring a list of their medications with them. This list of medications should include prescription and/or over the counter medications. You should also bring some form of identification. As for repeat donors, this identification would be your donor’s card, but for fist time donors, this could be your driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

Donors are always encouraged to bring a friend. Having a friend along will help you to relax, but also provides the benefit of both giving blood together.

Finally, relax.

The American Red Cross stresses that blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure.

The next scheduled American Red Cross Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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