2020 - 4 Blood Drives
96 volunteer hours
154 units of whole blood + 7 dual red donations
That's 30 units more than in 2019!
Since each unit donated can have a lifesaving impact on up to 3 recipients, that is an impact on up to 504 people!
This year, Versiti started testing for Covid19 antibodies in each donated unit of blood – in addition to a myriad of other tests they do to keep the blood supply safe.
Although walk-ins are welcome, reservations are preferred. There will be sign-up sheets on the Blood Drive table in the church lobby. Bring a friend or relative with you.
Basic eligibility: Donors must weigh a minimum of 100 pounds and have a valid ID with birth date. Donors must feel healthy on the day of donation. There is a short list of medications that may defer you, and some travel to malarious areas may also cause a deferral. Because there are potential donors who think they may not be eligible to donate when in fact they might be, it's easy to check the website http://www.bcw.edu or call 1-877-BE A HERO to determine eligibility.
High School students between 16 and 18 do need to reference a height/weight chart, and 16-year-olds also need a parental consent form.
We can donate whole blood every 56 days, which is about 8 weeks, giving our bodies enough time to regenerate those red cells.
Shepherd of the Hills is one of the most consistent sponsors of church blood drives. We are so very proud of what we've done toward saving lives and what we can yet do.