ACH To Hold EMS Blood Drive
Who better to understand the importance of the quick availability of blood and blood products than those individuals who devote their time to our community as members of emergency services? Whether it is a firefighter, ambulance driver, EMT, policeman, etc., we depend on these heroic individuals to assist in emergency and disaster situations.
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As a way of thanking them, we are dedicating our monthly ARC/ACH blood drive on June 11th to each of these individuals and their dedication. â€œWhile we all hope we will never have to utilize their services, what a comfort to know if such a situation arises, we can count on quick response, compassionate care and valuable experience,â€ shares Marcy Todd, Volunteer Coordinator at ACH.
And because these individuals know how important a consistent blood supply is, we are also inviting anyone affiliated with an emergency service entity to make a blood donation for this drive. The hours for the drive on June 11th are from noon to 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1-A of the hospital.
As an added incentive, the American Red Cross is providing a really neat T-shirt for all donors stating, â€œBadges for Blood.â€ Donor's names will also be entered in a drawing for $650 Omaha Steak package and a gas grill ($500 Lowe's gift card).
Individuals can schedule their own appointment by going online to www.givelife.org and establishing their own profile. They may also contact the volunteer department at the hospital, 330-596-7822 or 330-596-7821 and the staff will schedule an appointment.
Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh no less than 110 pounds and provide a photo ID or their donor card at the time of registration.
â€œThe actual donation time takes approximately one hour, so that means during that short time, you will help save as many as three individuals! Typically this time of year promotes a low blood supply. That is why we are urging anyone who can donate to do so as a way of offsetting what could be a very serious and dangerous level of available blood and blood products,â€ explains Todd.
Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ACH Volunteer Department.