Community blood drive set for September
|Seneca Hospital Auxiliary president Jude Morse and Lake Almanor Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Bill Mahaffey display the poster for the community blood drive. Photo submitted|
The Chester community blood drive will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge in Old Town Chester from noon until 6 p.m.
“Volunteers of the Seneca Hospital Auxiliary will be calling community members to assist them with appointments to donate. Donors may also schedule a donation time by visiting bloodhero.com or by calling me at 259-3626,” SHA president and drive chairperson Jude Morse said.
She also said Bill Mahaffey, the Elks exalted ruler, has generously offered the use of the lodge to the Auxiliary for several years now.
“He and several Elks help to set up the rooms in addition to donating blood twice a year,” she added.
Morse said each pint of blood donated will benefit three people. The donated blood is also divided into three parts for three distinct purposes.
“One part is used for red blood cells, one part for plasma and one part for platelets.
“Red blood cells are used for trauma patients and general surgery. Platelets are used for cancer patients. Plasma is used for burn victims and to stop bleeding,” she said.
As a convenience, donors may also visit UnitedBloodServices.org and log in the day of the drive to answer screening questions, after which they will be able to print or scan a bar code that will enable them to fast track the screening process.
She also said donor screening is also faster now with touch-screen stations where donors may complete many of the screening questions.
“Many of our donors are no longer able to donate; we need new donors to replace them. Be a hero, donate blood!” Morse said.