Every autumn, the Madison Community Center sponsors a blood drive on behalf of the Haworth Blood Center at University Medical Center. Because many of our community's residents work at the Medical Center, our community has always turned out in force to support Haworth and the Medical Center. We invite you to come to the Madison Community Center and take part in this important community activity.
This year, the blood drive takes place on November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out if you are eligible to donate and read more about the donation process below. If you can't make it to this drive but want to donate, click here to see a list of other drives coming up in the community.
Patients undergoing surgery or other medical procedures or with illnesses such as sickle-cell anemia rely on donations of blood from volunteers in their communities. Your donation may aid a patient at any one of the ten counties near University Medical Center.
Haworth needs almost 300 donors per day to maintain its supply. Unfortunately, donations have declined in recent years. Of over 1 million adults who live in our area, only about 40,000 residents donated to a community blood program last year. To avoid a crisis that might result from unexpected demands on the blood supply, adults throughout our area need to donate regularly.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must:
The entire process takes about 45 minutes. You should eat a good meal within four hours prior to donating.
Before donating, you must register with the nurse or receptionist. You will be given important information about infectious diseases that might prevent you from donating. After you fill out a donor information form, you will have your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature checked. The nurse will also take a drop of blood from your finger to measure the percentage of red cells in your blood.
Then, a staff member will clean a spot on the arm of your choice and insert a sterile, non-reusable needle. This will cause minor discomfort, like a pinch. After about 10 minutes, your donation will be complete. A donation consists of about a pint of blood.
After your donation is complete, you will be asked to rest for 10 to 15 minutes and you'll have your choice of refreshments such as an orange, an apple, juice, or a soft drink. As always, Madison Community Center also offers cookies from Lexington Bakery as an added incentive.
For more information on the blood drive, call us at 555-9004. You can also call the Haworth Blood Center at 555-3420 or contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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