A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives.
From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors.
Activities & Events:
The St. Francis Blood drive is held twice a year usually March and September
in a mobile unit parked in the south parking lot. Watch the bulletin
Donating blood usually takes an hour which is a short amount of time to
save a life!
A blood donor should:
Be in general good health.
Be at least 17 years old. There is no upper age limit as long as you have no health restrictions.
Be at least 5′ 4″ tall and weigh at least 110 pounds. If you are under 5′ 4″ you will need to weigh more than 110 pounds to safely donate.
Have a photo ID. (It’s helpful to also have your CBC Donor ID card)