Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Kimball Bloodmobile is 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 at St. Anne's Church in Kimball. They are now accepting donors age 16 with parental permission. Frequently asked questions about donating blood: Is it safe to give blood? Yes. The American Red Cross ensures that donating blood is a safe opportunity to give the "Gift of Life." Each needle used in the procedure is sterile and is disposed of after a single use. Will it hurt? At the beginning, you may feel a brief "sting" from the needle, however, you should not feel any discomfort, but if you do, tell a nurse and they'll help you. Will I feel sick after I donate? Although most people feel fine after donating, a small number of people sometimes experience a dizzy feeling or an upset stomach. How long will it take? Donating blood is a four-step process, which takes about an hour from start to finish. Registration. You'll be asked for a form of identification each time you donate. Health history. A mini-physical checking your blood pressure, iron level and temperature. Actual donation. Giving a pint of your blood will take 5-7 minutes. Canteen. A chance to drink and eat snacks. How do I prepare myself before I donate? Eating prior to donating is a good idea. Not only does food keep your iron levels up, but it also helps you to not feel dizzy or weak. Who is eligible to give blood? In general, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. How often can I donate blood? Eligible donors can donate a unit of blood every 56 days, up to six times a year. Why should I donate blood? Because you never know when you or someone close to you will need blood. Almost 97 percent of the population will need a unit of blood in their lifetime, but only 5 percent actually give blood. Giving one pint of blood can help save up to three lives and that's a reward in itself. This blood drive is sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 261 of Kimball. LuAnn Marshal is National Security Chairman.