To save a person's life is probably one of the greatest blessings a human can experience. Even though science has provided many discoveries to save people's life, still there is nothing that can replace blood. Every donation can help save as many as three lives of individuals such as surgery patients, trauma victims, anemia and cancer patients, premature babies and many others.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive in our community on Sunday March 25, 2012 from 12:30 to 5:00 pm at the pharmacy store located on 2240 Northpark and on Monday March 26 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Lake Houston Family YMCA located on 2420 W Lake Houston Pkwy.
The donation takes about 5 to 10 minutes and only about a pint (0.473 liters) of blood is drawn. An average person has 10 to 12 pints in their body and in about a month the body will have the blood replaced. The donator has to go through a registration process, blood pressure check, temperature and hemoglobin levels' review and a questionnaire about general health to ensure the eligibility to donate. Including the post-donation refreshments, the entire process takes just under one hour.
All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, without cold symptoms, have a valid ID and be 17 years old to donate or 16 with parents approval.
Besides helping save up to three lives, all donors will receive a physical exam with various blood screening test, their blood type and cholesterol level.
One to two hours before donating, it is recommended to eat a good meal that includes meat, green vegetables, cereals and plenty of liquids.
Walk-ins are welcome or to schedule an appointment visit www.giveblood.org and log in to digital donor and enter the sponsor code R684 for the Northpark mobile or E200 if you plan to visit the W Lake Houston blood drive.
Take advantage of this opportunity to share your vital liquid and help an adult or a kid to continue experiencing the wonders of our planet and the beautiful experiences that will become real after a marvelous transfusion.