Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 9 am - 3 pm
Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
(Nativity Church Youth Center Gym)
Across from MPD 4D and next to McDonald's
Saturday, May 28, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To schedule your life-saving donation appointment
please www.redcrossblood.org or
Remember to eat iron-rich foods and hydrate.
Please bring your photo identification and mask.
Eligibility questions about travel or health? Call 1-866-236-3276
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The hospital patients need our help and there is no substitute for blood. Thank you all for all of your support in the mission to save lives!
The Knights of Columbus, Keane Council #353 in collaboration with The Sodality of Our Lady, The Catholic Daughters, and the Youth Adults ministries at Nativity Catholic Church, are hosting its 2nd blood drive open to the public on May 28th.
On December 29, 2019, Nativity Catholic Church held its first blood drive. It was incredibly successful. Nativity Church is the only location in our community hosting a blood drive. With blood supplies in such high demand, your donations are more important than ever.
Hosting this drive was the long-time goal of Anthony "Tony" Avelino, a member of Keane Council who died in 2019. Before his illness, Tony was a regular blood donor and strongly believed that doing so was a small charitable effort that actually save someone's life. Just prior to his sudden illness, he began the outreach to host a blood drive at Nativity, but there was a significant wait-time and we were on the wait-list. The Red Cross tried to contact Tony when it came time for us to host the blood drive, but he had become ill by then and we missed our opportunity. Unfortunately, Tony died shortly before the COVID outbreak. Now, with the assistance of the Fr. Sass, Pastor of Nativity Catholic Church and the Red Cross we are now able fulfill his wish.
Blood Supply Statistics
The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors. But supply cannot always meet demand because only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly. Each new donor helps meet patient needs
Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
13.6 million units of whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%).
Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it is always in great demand and often in short supply.
Type AB plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 4% of people in the U.S. have type AB blood, this plasma is usually in short supply.
Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less).
Platelets must be used within just 5 days.
Advantages of Blood Donation
Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
The Journal of the American Medical Association states that donors aged 43 to 61 have fewer heart attacks than those who don’t. If you’re younger than that demographic you can decrease the chances of a heart attack even further by starting to donate blood now.
Burn Some Calories
You burn approximately 650 calories each time you donate up to one pint of blood. Of course, you should not make this a dedicated weight loss program though. There is a recommended period of time before you can donate blood again so pace yourself.
Get Some Peace of Mind
Before you can donate blood, the doctors will screen you for different illnesses. You will find out if you have HIV, high blood pressure, and more. While some might have too much iron in the blood, their iron levels might be too low. You will gain some peace of mind when you donate blood because of the check-up you get along with the process.
Reduces the Risk of Cancer
According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, blood donations help reduce the risk of cancer in the liver, colon, throat, and lungs. Cancer can attack anyone, regardless of a person’s age, so it is advisable to start battling it as soon as you can. Donate blood today and you can prevent getting cancer in the future.
Gives the Donor a Sense of Significance
.You are saving someone’s life by donating your blood.
People who volunteer, donate or take part in community service experience these benefits. Studies have shown that people who give tend to live healthier, happier, and even wealthier lives. You can enjoy these same benefits by going to the closest blood center to start donating blood today.
Need for Blood Donation
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and or platelets.
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U. S.
Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.
Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
One donation can potentially save up to three lives.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.8 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.