Hartsville High School aims to make greater impact for patients
The American Red Cross and Hartsville High School are teaming up for a community blood drive on Feb. 20 from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. This year, Hartsville High school has a goal to engage more than 200 blood donors to give and help this event become the largest single-day high school blood drive in the Palmetto State.
“For more than two decades, this event has helped to collect nearly 5,000 units of potentially lifesaving blood,” said Maya Franklin, external communications manager, South Carolina Blood Services Region. “We are grateful to the students, faculty, staff and community members who roll up their sleeves to help to sustain our lifesaving mission.”
Those with type O, B negative and A negative blood are invited to maximize their impact by giving a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells – the most commonly transfused blood component. During a Power Red donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and plasma and platelets are then safely and comfortably returned to the donor. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and are frequently given to trauma and surgery patients.
Walk-ins are welcome at the Hartsville High School blood drive or you can make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/ RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.