Blood Drive - Friday, Nov. 9th

Blood Drive - Friday, Nov. 9th
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Holy Trinity Blood Drive 

Friday, NOVEMBER 9 (Day 1)

Students, Faculty, Staff and Parents:  8am – 1pm

   Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day, New York Blood Center needs close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to donate blood to help those who need it.  There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply.


Donating Blood is safe, easy, fun and an act of love that may help to save the lives of three people.

Requirements: Donors must be at least 16 years old with parental permission  (an additional  New York Blood Center written parental/guardian's permission form is required for 16 year olds), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. There are also height/weight requirements…Please see Mr. Lannig, Mrs. Becker or the school nurses for more info.  Donors who wish to make an Automated Red Cell Donation (ALYX) must weigh more and meet height requirements. Students, faculty and staff who wish to make an ALYX Donation must check the appropriate box on their Donor Cards.  Click here for more information about ALYX.

There are, however, some medical conditions that can keep someone from giving blood. These guidelines are set by federal, state and local health agencies to protect both donors and patients. Go to for more information.

If you have specific questions about your donor eligibility see Mr. Lannig, Mrs. Becker or call 1-800-688-0900 or review the Medical Condition chart at  Blood donors also cannot have donated in the prior 56 days.

Before you donate:
Be sure to eat at your regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating. 

Procedure: On the day of the blood drive you’ll receive an appointment card in homeroom. (If you have an early appointment you’ll be notified the day before). Once you arrive at the gym, your first step to giving blood is to fill out a donor registration form. Filling out the registration form entails providing some basic information such as your name, address, age, and answering a series of questions regarding disease history, medication usage and recent travel. You must also show us your photo or signature ID, or your bar-coded NYBC Donor ID Card. A brief medical history is taken, including a check of your pulse, blood pressure and temperature, and a drop of blood is analyzed for hemoglobin (iron) content. 

If you meet all donor requirements, you move on to a donor bed. The actual donation procedure is done by skilled, specially trained technicians and takes 10 to 12 minutes for a whole blood donation. Other procedures may take a little longer. All materials, including the needle used for your donation, are new, sterile, disposable and used only once by you for your blood donation. There is no risk of any disease transmission to a donor. 

You will give a little less than one pint of whole blood in a standard donation. The average adult has between eight and twelve pints of blood and can easily spare one. In fact, your body replaces blood volume, or plasma, within 24 hours, and red cells need about four to eight weeks for complete replacement. Plan to spend about one to two hours in total donating blood. 

AfterwardsYou will rest after the donation and be served refreshments.
 Most people feel great after donating blood. You can resume full activity as long as you feel well. Just avoid heavy lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for at least four or five hours after giving blood. After donating, we also suggest drinking extra fluids for the next 48 hours.


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