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FUMC Blood Drive: Thinking

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BETHANY BERRY

The Ellis County Press

RED OAK – Founders Day and homecoming celebrations brought a slew of attendees Saturday, Sept. 19.

Area residents participated in a wide array of events including parades, games, enjoyed great tasting food and other entertainment.

Carter Blood Care was also on site during the day’s events to accept blood donations during the First United Methodist Church of Red Oak’s blood drive.

"For the last eight years, we’ve hosted a blood drive in conjunction with the Founders Day festivities," said FUMC Office Manager Lori Stricker.

After watching an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover, where a blood drive was held in honor of a patient and make-over recipient, Stricker was overwhelmed with joy and more encouraged to give.

"I try to give any time I can," said Stricker. "It’s great knowing I’m helping someone in need."

Although the drive only produced 13 donors, many more showed up to try.

"It’s a small drive, but it’s worth coming out," said Cynthia John, phlebotomist.

According to its Web site, more than 1,000 donors are needed daily in order to maintain a supply.

Donating blood is a quick, simple and safe process, only taking about 5-10 minutes; the entire donation process, from registration to post-donation refreshments takes less than an hour.

About one pint of blood is drawn and the blood volume lost during the donation is replaced by the body within 24 hours. In about a month, the body will have replaced all of the red cells.

Donors must be a least 17 years old or older in order to give, weigh at least 110 pounds and feel well and healthy on the day of donating.

Before blood is given to someone in need, several tests are ran to make sure your blood is safe including, ABO blood grouping, Cholesterol, Hepatitis, HIV, Syphilis and West Nile Virus testing, to name a few.


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