Pine River blood drive attracts 24 volunteers
Blood donations are constant, vital resource.
Pine River community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Aug. 31 at Lifehouse Coffee that helped collect a total of 21 units of blood products for patients in need.
A total of 24 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 20 individuals were able to donate. One donor also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor.
Donald Norman coordinated the drive, and Pine River Lions sponsored the blood drive.
Living through a pandemic can lead to many uncertainties, but the need for blood never ceases. Blood is only usable for 42 days, so a constant supply is always needed, no matter the season. Each day in this region to keep up with patient needs including preemies, surgery patients, accident victims and those battling cancer, 250 volunteer blood donors are needed daily.
Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at donors.vitalant.org or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn reward points.
The next blood drive at this location is planned Oct. 26.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments, while the blood draw typically taking less than 10 minutes. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history questionnaire the day they donate on www.vitalant.org/health.