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PCC To Hold Red Cross Blood Drive

05 September 2014

September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help prepare for emergencies by giving blood.

“It’s important to have a stable blood supply at all times to help ensure we are prepared to meet patient needs in every emergency,” said Patricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood on the shelves when disaster strikes that can save the day.”

Pratt Community College will hold a blood drive on Monday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Volunteers are also needed for set up, tear down, and assistance with paperwork and snack distribution during the drive.

Appointments to donate can be made at redcrossblood.org or to volunteer by calling Leighanne Dean at 620-450-2113.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.