Linda Shannon-Hills and Tina Fugleberg
The next blood drive at the Ranch will be on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 7 a.m. with the last donation time starting at 1 p.m. The drive will be held in the SBR Ranch House Sol Ballroom. To register to donate, log in to www.redcrossblood.org.
The need for blood is great and if you can step up to donate, you could be saving the lives of up to three people with your blood donation. Not everyone is able to donate, but if you can, please sign up to donate at this blood drive in September.
To make it easier to register, you can download the Red Cross Blood Donor app to your phone. It puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. Besides registering to donate, on the day of the drive, you can complete the RapidPass history questions before you attend. You’ll have your donor card on your phone for faster check-in. Later, you can check on all your donations and your vitals, plus follow the path of your blood journey every step of the way to the patient receiving your blood.
Can You Go Power Red?
If you are willing to take a bit longer during donations, the Red Cross encourages those who qualify to sign up to donate Power Red. What is a Power Red donation, you ask? This type of donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. During your Power Red donation, blood is drawn from one arm through an automated process. The machine separates and collects two units of red cells and then safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you through the same arm. Donation frequency is 112 days, up to three times a year. Blood types are O+, O-, A-, and B-.
Thank you for being a blood donor to save lives. See you on Saturdays, Sept. 24 and Dec. 3, 2022.
Learn more about donating blood at www.redcrossblood.org.