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Muskogee's Sadler Arts Academy students host second annual Red Cross blood drive

The students at Sadler Arts Academy may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are lifesaving heroes. For the second year in a row, Sadler Arts Academy students are learning about the importance of blood donation and are recruiting blood donors through the American Red Cross Pint-Size Hero Program.

“Our first drive last year was very successful. We are working hard to make this year’s drive even better,” said Jenny Jamison, Sadler Arts Academy teacher and blood drive coordinator. “Blood donation is near and dear to my heart since it saved my life.”

It’s been nearly four years since Jamison received numerous pints of blood during the birth of her fourth child. She shares the Pint-Size Hero Program with her students as a way to give back and educate others on the importance of donating blood.

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 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.

Sadler Arts Academy blood drive

Oct. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at Sadler Arts Academy, 800 Altamont St., Muskogee

To make an appointment to donate at the Sadler Arts Academy Pint-Size Hero blood drive, sign up using the Red Cross blood donor app, online at redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: sadler, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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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