Blood donations needed

January 28, 2018

Why should you donate blood?

For one, because there’s a need.

American Red Cross statistics indicate that every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

A single car accident victim may require as many as 100 pints of blood.

“Blood cannot be manufactured — it can only come from generous donors,” the Red Cross states on its website.

A Red Cross blood drive is set from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fremont City Auditorium at 925 N. Broad St.

The Red Cross website lists these tips for would-be blood donors:

Eat iron-rich foods such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins, the Red Cross website states.

Get a good night’s sleep.

Drink an extra 16 ounces of water or non-alcoholic fluids before the donation. “Your body needs the fluids,” said Barb Busche of Fremont, food and volunteer coordinator. “You need to be well-hydrated.”

Eat a healthy meal before the donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. Fatty foods can affect the tests done on the blood. If there’s too much fat in your blood, your donations cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.

Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up.

Bring a donor card or driver’s license for identification.

Donors also should have a list of any prescription or over-the-counter medicines they may be taking.