Greenup County Health Department to host blood drive

By Portia Williams

October 30, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

GREENUP, Ky. — The Greenup County Health Department will host a community blood drive Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, from noon until 6 p.m. in the Dr. Willis C. Potter Health Education Center.

Cassie Mace, a Health Educator for the Greenup County Health Department and event organizer, said donations are greatly need during the holiday season.

“With the holiday season quickly approaching, blood donations slow and our local blood supply becomes very low. I encourage everyone to be ‘The Giving Type’ and donate before the holidays get any closer,” Mace said.

With blood supplies remaining at critical levels, all blood types are needed. Whole blood and double red blood donations will be accepted.

According to the Greenup County Health Department, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood due to an emergency, in addition to those who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell, anemia, and other illnesses.

Nearly 5 million people receive blood transfusions each year, and each donation can make the difference between life and death.

The Health Department held their first blood drive last May and collected 28 units. Mace said she would like to see that many, or more, donations at the November blood drive.

Tips for blood donors include eating a healthy meal prior to the donation, drinking lots of water, avoiding caffeinated drinks prior to the donation appointment.

Donors must be a minimum of 17 years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and feel well prior to giving blood. A photo identification or American Red Cross donor card is required.

Appointments are not necessary; walk-ins are always welcome. For more information contact Cassie Mace of the Greenup County Health Department at 606-473-9838.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.