Blood drive slated at Episcopal church

You can ensure that folks who need blood transfusions can have what they need by donating blood at the Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church blood drive on Wednesday, March 23.

The Coastal Bend Blood Center Bloodmobile will be in the church parking lot, 433 Trojan St., to accept donations of blood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register to give blood at the drive by calling (361) 855-4943. Two appointments are available every 15 minutes beginning at 11 a.m.

Walk-ins also are welcome.

Those who donate will receive a T-shirt and a coupon for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

Anyone 17 years old or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health can donate blood, according to the website.

“The need for blood always exceeds the available supply,” according to the Coastal Bend Blood Center’s website. “Whether it is patients suffering from hemophilia or leukemia, accident victims, patients undergoing chemotherapy or those having surgery, there is a constant need for blood donations.”

According to the website, donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded. Blood donation is a simple, four-step process: Registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly one pint is given during a donation.

The website also said that those who plan to donate blood should hydrate and increase sodium intake the day before donation, and also get plenty of rest the night before the donation. On the day of the donation, donors should eat a good breakfast and hydrate.

At press time the blood center website said it had a critical need for blood type A-, B- and O- (the universal donor). The supply of A+ and O+ was running low, according to the site.

“Of course all blood types are needed daily since inventory levels are constantly changing,” the website said. “To provide a safe and adequate blood supply for the Coastal Bend, more than 150 people must give blood each day.”

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