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Freedom Elementary School students to host special Red Cross blood drive

Southwest Blood Services Region

September 29, 2014
 

The students at Sapulpa’s Freedom Elementary School may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are lifesaving heroes.  As part of the American Red Cross Pint-Size Hero Program, students are learning about the importance of blood donation and are recruiting blood donors.

“Participation in a blood drive is a wonderful way for our students to become aware of community responsibility and develop an attitude of helping others,” said Lori Garden, RN, Freedom Elementary school nurse and blood drive coordinator.

The Pint-Size Hero Program begins with teaching students about the function of blood, blood components and the importance of blood donation. Afterward, students are asked to recruit their parents, family members and other adults to donate at the school’s upcoming blood drive. Each student who recruits someone to present to donate at the school’s blood drive will receive special recognition from the Red Cross. The real prize is knowing they helped save lives.

Students will be recruiting donors who are at least 17 years of age (16 in Oklahoma with parental consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in generally good health. Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health-history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

Freedom Elementary School Pint-Size Hero Blood Drive

Oct. 13 from 1-6 p.m. at Freedom Elementary, 9171 Freedom Rd.

To make an appointment to donate at the Freedom Elementary School Pint-Size Hero Blood Drive, access the drive with the sponsor code freedom via the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or on redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

About the American Red Cross

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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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