Give BloodGiving blood is one of the most generous acts of kindness that one human being can do for another, and we are asking our community to please mark your calendars and join the Shingletown Medical Center (SMC) at their Senior Health & Fitness Day and Blood Drive. The event will take place at the Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, May 25th from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

The event is free for all ages, and there will be a variety of vendors and tasty food samplings from Papa Casey’s Grill. Also, blood donors that day will receive free soup from the Shingletown Community Center, 5 free raffle tickets and a $5.00 gift certificate to Papa Casey’s Grill. To help BloodSource at the event we are asking those donating blood to pre-register if possible. You can sign-up online at www.bloodsource.org/drives and enter location code: E101 or sign-up at the Shingletown Medical Center.

Donating blood does save lives! Whether a loved one is battling leukemia, a friend is undergoing surgery or a disaster strikes, we often hear the call to “give blood.” BloodSource needs regular donations from donors of all blood types, and because there is no artificial substitute, blood is always needed.

Here is a helpful list to see if you are eligible to give blood:
Feel healthy and free from cold or flu symptoms for at least 48 hours before giving blood. Be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed parent consent form) and there is no upper age limit. Weigh at least 110 pounds and bring photo identification or BloodSource donor card.

You cannot give blood if you:
Had hepatitis after age 10. If you are pregnant, or have been pregnant in the last six weeks, or could be pregnant. If you are taking antibiotics for infection. Have AIDS, are at risk for AIDS, or have had sexual contact with anyone at risk for AIDS. If you have had leukemia or myeloma.

When you arrive, you can expect:
A 20 minute registration/medical history interview where you provide your name, address, date of birth and phone number. You will need to show your photo ID. We’ll ask a series of questions to ensure that you are eligible to give blood, and that your donation is safe for the patients who will receive your blood. Your temperature, blood pressure and blood count will be checked by a donor evaluator and you’ll be escorted to a donation chair and prepared for your donation. A BloodSource blood collections professional will draw about a pint of blood from your arm, which takes approximately 5-7 minutes, and after your donation we offer a variety of beverages and snacks to help replenish your fluids. We encourage you to rest and relax for 10-15 minutes to ensure you’re ready to get back to your day.

The Shingletown Medical Center staff and board members along with BloodSource are looking forward to a fun and informative day with our community and we truly hope you will join us! Also, don’t forget, the fun raffle! We have a full-day Patio Boat on Lake Shasta ($190.00 value) and many other great raffle items will be on display.