‘Last chance’ blood drive scheduled

Back to school time is a few short weeks away.

That means different things to different people.

For Community Blood Bank, it means one last chance to donate blood before school starts.

For students, the Warren County School District school year starts Wednesday, Sept. 3. The High School Reunion Blood Drive will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Holy Redeemer Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Warren.

“It’s a high school reunion drive,” Samantha Bante, communications and marketing coordinator for Community Blood Bank, said. “It’s the last chance for students to donate before the school year starts.”

“It is geared toward high schools but it is a community drive open to the public,” Bante said. “Anyone can donate that day. We are in current need of all (blood) types.”

There was a regularly scheduled drive at Holy Redeemer on Tuesday.

“If they missed that drive, they are able to catch this one,” Bante said. “If they choose to, they will be eligible to still give during October.”

The drive is open to all eligible donors.

“In order to donate they must be 17 years old, or 16 with a signed Community Blood Bank parental consent form,” Bante said. “They have to be at least 110 pounds, in general good health, and photo identification is required.”

“We have two really great promotions for this drive,” Bante said. “All presenting donors from now until Aug. 30 can enter to win a $5,000 shopping spree to Off Road Express. All donors at this drive will receive a long-sleeve Community Blood Bank shirt, while supplies last.”

Those who give at Community Blook Bank drives can expect their blood to stay in the region.

“We supply all the local hospitals with blood supplies,” Bante said. “Every time someone donates they save three lives.

Most donors give one pint of whole blood. “Whole blood is divided into three main components: platelets, plasma and red blood cells,” she said. That blood is good for weeks, but not quite as long as a donor must wait between donations.

“Red cells live for 42 days on the shelf,” Bante said. A donor may give every 56 days.