The Hartsel Community Center will be hosting the Vitalant Bloodmobile in the parking lot of the Hartsel Fire Station, April 2, accepting blood donations from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Why?

“There is an ongoing need for blood donations and since I could not find a blood drive anywhere close, I spoke to the board of directors for the Hartsel Community Center and we decided to host one for the area, ” event organizer Terrie Dalessandro said.

Per Vitalant, every unit of blood donated can save up to three lives.

Vitalant is a nonprofit transfusion medicine organization that is made up of a network of almost a dozen community blood centers.

More information about Vitalant can be found on their website at www.Vitalant.org or their Facebook page or by calling them at 800-365-0006.

In order to schedule your appointment to donate blood, contact Terrie Dalessandro by email at momshafertx@aol.com.

There is an online questionnaire which you can complete in person on the day of the drive or you can fill it out online. The questionnaire can be found at vitalant.org/health.

Eligibility criteria per the Vitalant website includes, but is not limited to, the following:

“Must be at least 16 years old (16- and 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a  parent or guardian, if required by state or school).

“Weigh at least 110 pounds.

“Be in good general health.

“For your safety and to ensure a positive donation experience, make sure you eat within two hours ahead of your donation. Drink plenty of water that day and 24 to 48 hours beforehand. There will also be something to eat and drink the blood drive’s refreshment area.

“Bring an ID, something with your name and one of the following: date of birth, donor ID number or your photo.

“You must wait eight weeks between whole blood donations. Learn more about specific intervals for other types of donation.

“You should not be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs at the time of donation.”

Did you know?

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S.  needs blood. Ten percent of the eligible population donates blood. Vitalant collects 1.8 million donations of blood each year,” per the Vitalant.org website.

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