Recruiting donors to keep an ample supply of blood available
for people in our community is an ongoing effort. The nearly 60 hospitals
served by the Community Blood Center require the collection of approximately
3,000 units every week to meet the needs of their patients. Unfortunately,
while 60 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, only 5 percent choose
to do so.
“Never thought about it” is the main reason 17% of
non-donors haven’t donated; with another 15% stating they are “too busy.” Most
of us will need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. That means that
you, your family and your peers will need the support of volunteer blood
How can you help? Approximately 70% of collections
come from Blood Drives chaired by volunteers at schools, churches,
organizations, and businesses. More than 1,500 chairpersons helped organize
these drives last year. The Health Class of the Lutheran High School will host
a Blood Drive here at the school on Monday, February 20th from 11 AM
to 4 PM. The event will be held in the south wing of the school.
If you would like to sign up to donate, please follow the
Students age 16 and older may donate blood at the drive.
16-year olds must have a parent signature on the form at the bottom of this
page. Students 17 and older do not need a parent’s signature. If it is your
first time donating, you must show a current photo ID with proof of age.