Noble McIntyre on April 28, 2015
Did you know that just one pint of blood can save up to three lives? When we hear about accidents, earthquakes and other disasters in the news, we don’t always think about the fact that each person who loses his or her life is someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother or friend. But, each time someone dies in an accident or disaster, there’s someone else who is feeling profound sadness and loss. All too often, people come to us after having gone through the worst time in their lives, and so we want to do our part to help save as many lives as we can. That’s why we host an annual blood drive—so that we can be part of the solution.
This year’s blood drive will be Tuesday, May 5th from 11am to 2pm at our offices: 8601 South Western Ave., Oklahoma City. If you would like to donate, bring a Red Cross donor card if you have one or another form of positive ID. Especially if you know that you have Type O blood, your donation is crucial – Type O is universal, which means that it can be transfused to someone with any blood type. It’s used in emergencies in which hospital staff doesn’t have time to test for the injured person’s blood type.
If you’re still not convinced as to whether or not you should give blood, consider these facts from the American Red Cross:
Remember, too, that blood donation is safe. Experienced technicians use a brand new, sterile, disposable needle for each person’s blood donation. You will take a short health history interview and receive a mini-physical. Any information gathered through this process will be kept strictly confidential. Finally, most people are able to give blood without any after-effects. It’s uncommon for a donor to feel faint or fatigued after giving blood. However, it’s advised that you stay in the refreshment area for the recommended time to be sure that you’re fine to leave. Be sure to stay hydrated through the day, and know that you’ve done one of the best deeds you can possibly do for another person (or two, or three)!