Jasper community encouraged to help hospital patients, give local student a chance at a Red Cross scholarship

December 6, 2017

To help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter, Bevill State Community College student Alysa Vines is hosting a Leaders Save Lives blood drive Friday, Dec. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at Freedom Assembly of God, 1320 Curry Highway, Jasper.

The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded high school and college students to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the winter. Seasonal illnesses and harsh winter weather can often lead to a decline in the number of blood donors who come out to give. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator can earn a gift card and are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education.

“Donating blood takes about an hour of your time and each donation can help save more than one life,” said Alysa Vines. “I encourage the community to roll up a sleeve and give blood at our upcoming drive. Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer, and it helps patients in need this winter.” 

The Jasper community is encouraged to download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment to donate using the sponsor code FREEDOM.

How to donate blood

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.