I want to thank you if you have ever given the precious gift of blood at one of our past blood drives. If you have already signed up for next Sunday’s drive (September 23), let me also offer a big thank you! If you haven’t yet signed up for the drive and are eligible, I would ask that you prayerfully consider donating the gift of life. If you’d like to sign up, you may do so at restonbible.org/giveblood.
There is an immediate need in our area for most blood types. Blood must be available when needed for patients whose lives depend on it. Over 200 blood and platelet donations are needed every day, year round by patients at the 15 hospitals served by Inova Blood Donor Services.
We’re doing something very special again for our next drive. We are once again having two bloodmobiles for this drive. This should dramatically reduce waiting times and the over crowded conditions that we have been experiencing, especially right after services. This will also mean an additional 22 slots will be available for us to fill. Although walk-ins are always welcome, I encourage you to sign up early to get the exact time you prefer by clicking here.
If you are donating next weekend, be sure to eat a good breakfast Sunday morning, get an extra boost of iron Saturday night if needed (steak and broccoli work great), and bring a picture ID with you. Our website has useful information that will help you prepare for Sunday’s drive, including a list of iron-rich foods.
Thanks, again, for helping our community with its blood needs. As you probably know, each unit donated helps up to three people. Therefore, when we collect over 50 units a drive, over 150 people reap the benefits of your generous gift. The last time we had two bloodmobiles, we collected 73 units!
Have a very blessed week and I hope to see you Sunday.