Last night, a GHD student volunteer, hosted a most successful blood drive at St. Andrew’s. The coordinator was Krystin Robinson, a DHS Senior. The American Red Cross Blood Drive was a success thanks to the great local involvement. Members from the National Honor Society served as volunteers too.
The market will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, August 22nd. We’ve partnered with St. Andrew’s and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to hold the drive from 9-12 in the fellowship hall.
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center provides donor and blood services to Mercy Hospital Jefferson just down the road. The blood donations won’t just go to the hospital though, and we’re excited to be hosting our first blood drive with a regional agency that serves much of the greater St. Louis area.
From the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center website:Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 88 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center handles more than 250,000 units of blood components each year. MVRBC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. MVRBC collects blood at 19 fixed site donor centers and at more than 4,000 mobile blood drives held each year. The population of the Blood Center’s service region exceeds 4-million residents and donors give more than 180,000 donations each year.
Blood donations are used to treat many illnesses, not just the car crash victims that come to mind first. In fact, blood transfusions are given for a host of different illnesses, including kidney disease, cancer, pernicious anemia, and hemophilia, and is commonly needed after surgeries.
Please consider donating on August 22nd!