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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
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  • Why you should attend: "Thirty-eight percent of the population is eligible to donate, but only five percent actually do," said Lindsey Zogleman, donor recruitment representative. "This means that we are basically relying on just five percent of the population to fully stock hospitals throughout the country."...
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  • Three event highlights:
    1) There is no substitute for blood. Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells only last for 42 days, and platelets only last five. The American Red Cross's blood supply must be replenished constantly. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross is able to maintain an adequate supply.
    There are only a few requirements to be able to donate blood. Donors must bring their blood donor card, a valid driver's license or two other forms of ID to check-in at the donation site. Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a completed parental consent form, and weigh at least 110 pounds.
    2) Many blood drives are cancelled due to winter weather. Take advantage of the mild weather and go out and donate blood while this event is held. Give blood before the winter weather hits, and as soon as safely possible after the storm to ensure the blood supply is sufficient at local hospitals. This is an easy way to do something great for yourself and your community. As the Red Cross slogan states, "The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood."
    3) Giving blood is simple. Either make an appointment, or walk-in. Expect the process to take about 45 minutes to an hour. Sign in, and read the health pamphlet provided. Then there will be a mini health history made up of 50 general health questions to make sure the donor is in good health, both for the donor's safety as well as the recipients. Next it's time to give blood. This generally takes just 10 to 12 minutes. After the collection is completed, the donor is taken to another area to rest for a few minutes. There is usually juice and sometimes a small snack available here to help replenish fluids. It only takes 24 hours to fully replenish all fluids lost while donating blood.
    Why you should attend:
    "Thirty-eight percent of the population is eligible to donate, but only five percent actually do," said Lindsey Zogleman, donor recruitment representative. "This means that we are basically relying on just five percent of the population to fully stock hospitals throughout the country."
    One donation can help save up the three lives, and every two seconds there is someone in need of blood.
    "I want to encourage everyone who is eligible to come out to the blood drive and make a donation," said Zogleman. "It's a small thing that can make a big difference in a lot of people's lives."
    About the event:
    When: Noon to 6 p.m. on Jan. 25, and 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 26.
    Where: Knights of Columbus located at 800 West Frontview Street.
    Info: For more information call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org.
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