2018-10-18 / News

Community blood drive set for next Thursday at FUMC

There’s nothing spookier than a blood shortage, so join Shepeard Community Blood Center for a community blood drive on October 25. The drive, held at the First United Methodist Church at 102 Liberty Street, will run from 2-6 p.m.

Hosted quarterly by the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, this drive was last held on July 19 when 41 community members donated resulting in 32 good units of blood. Each unit of donated blood can be used to save up to three local lives, so as a community, Wilkes County has already saved at least 216 people in 2018.

This is the last community drive to be held this year, and if everyone who is eligible to donate participates, last year’s collected total of 95 lifesaving units of blood can be surpassed.

As the sole provider of all blood and blood products to Wills Memorial Hospital, Shepeard depends on support from Washington residents and the surrounding communities to ensure that all blood needs for local patients are met. It takes all types of blood to serve a community, but type O Negative donors are always a big need for Shepeard.

Just for those who have never donated before, here are some tips to help make your first donation a successful one:

. Get a good night’s rest prior to donating.

. Eat a healthy meal 1-2 hours before donating.

. In the days leading up to your donation, eat iron rich foods (red meat, fish, poultry, etc).

. Drink plenty of fluids before and after your donation.

. Avoid drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks before your donation, as these drinks can dehydrate you.

. Avoid strenuous physical activity for a few hours after your donation.

All donors who participate in the October 24 drive will receive a free Halloween-themed T-shirt as a “thank you” from Shepeard.

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