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Kimball Bloodmobile Wednesday, Aug. 1

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kimball Wednesday, Aug. 1, from noon to 6 p.m.

The Bloodmobile, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 of Kimball, will be held at the Kimball Area High School cafetorium.

Our goal is 50 units. Though that seems a small number, the goal cannot be met without willing donors giving of their time and the gift of life.

Every pint counts

The need for blood is constant. Every day, patients in local communities are helped by blood donors who give at blood drives. Below are just a few examples of patients you recently helped:

• A child with sickle cell disease was treated with 10 units of type B negative red cells.

• In just two days, 17 units of platelets, 5 units of cryoprecipitate, 51 units of red cells, and 53 units of plasma were needed to treat a child heart transplant patient.

• Eight units of red blood cells helped stabilize a 30-year-old female trauma patient.

• A new mother received 2 units of red cells after delivering her baby.

• Two organ transplant patients needed a combined total of 30 units of type B positive blood cells.

• A pregnant mother undergoing an intra-uterine transfusion for her baby needed a special antigen screened type O negative unit of red cells.

Tips for a successful donation

By following a few recommendations before, during and after giving blood, donors can help ensure their experience is safe and pleasant:

Before the donation

• Get a good night's sleep.

• Eat a healthy meal including iron-rich foods, such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins. Avoid fatty foods.

• Drink an extra 16 ounces of water and fluids.

• Remember to bring a donor card, driver's license or two other forms of ID.

• For platelet donors, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.

During the donation

• Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised.

• Let the phlebotomist know if you have a preferred arm.

• Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read.

After the donation

• Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshment area immediately after donating.

• Drink plenty of fluids over the following 24-48 hours.

• Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours after donation.

• Enjoy the good feeling that comes with knowing that you may have helped save as many as three lives.

Please call (320) 398-7282 to schedule an appointment or walk in Aug. 1 between noon and 6 p.m.

LuAnn Marschel

American Legion Auxiliary

National Security Chairman