By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. – The Greenup County Health Department (GCHD) will be hosting a community blood drive on Monday, Sept. 14, from noon until 6 p.m. With blood supplies remaining at critical levels, all blood types are needed. Whole blood and double red blood donations will be accepted.
Cassie Mace, of the GCHD, and event organizer, said the month of September is Preparedness Month, and that having emergency blood supplies in place is paramount.
“September has been designated Preparedness Month, blood donations can bolster local blood supplies as they diminish in the fall and winter months. Let’s be prepared for what emergencies may come our way,” Mace said.
According to GCHD, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood due to an emergency, in addition to those who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell, anemia, and other illnesses. Nearly five million people receive blood transfusions each year, and each donation can make the difference between life and death.
GCHD held their spring blood drive in May and collected 23 units. Mace said she would like to see at least that many or more units donated at the September blood drive.
The department also offers tips for blood donors include eating a healthy meal, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding caffeinated drinks prior to the donation appointment is a must.
Donors must be at least 17 years-old, weigh at no less than 110 pounds, and must be in relatively good health at the time of blood donation. A photo identification or American Red Cross donor card is required.
Appointments are not necessary, and walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment contact Cassie Mace at the GCHD at 606-473-9838.
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