American Red Cross Blood Drives This Week

This week there are three different blood drives in our area with The American Red Cross.  With the devastating storms and weather approaching the East Coast there will be a need for blood donations in the coming weeks.  I encourage you to sign up or show up to donate this week.  The blood drives this week will be at the following locations.

  • Wednesday, September 12th at MGCCC Jefferson Davis Campus on Switzer Raod in Gulfport  10am – 4pm
  • Thursday, September 13th at MGCCC Jefferson Davis Campus on Switzer Road in Gulfport 10am – 4pm.
  • Friday, September 14th at Gulfport High School on Perry Street in Gulfport

Here are some helpful tips on the day of your donation.

  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water (or other nonalcoholic drink) before your appointment.
  • Eat a healthy meal, avoiding fatty foods like hamburgers, fries or ice cream.
  • Wear a shirt with sleeves that you can roll up above your elbows.
  • Let techs know if you have a preferred arm or particular vein that has been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
  • Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read while you donate.

Happy Patriot Day!  ~~  Patty Steele

 

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