American Red Cross Blood Drives
Hermann Area District Hospital dedicates this page to publicize our area's local blood drives.
To the right hand side, view a complete schedule of the blood drives scheduled for 2013!
Below, check out the information such as facts, testimonals!
2013 Dates & Locations
February 4, 2013 - People's Savings Bank - Rhineland, MO. 1-6pm
*April 2, 2013 - Hermann High School 12:30-6pm
April 15, 2013 - St. George Gymnasium 1-6pm
*May 21, 2013 - Hermann Ambulance Shed 2:30-6:30pm
June 17, 2013 - Hermann United Methodist Church 1-6pm
August 15, 2013 - St. George Gymnasium 1-6pm
October 10, 2013 - People's Savings Bank - Rhineland, MO. 1-6pm
*November 14, 2013 - Hermann High School 12:30-6pm
December 16, 2013 - St. Paul UCC
All Dates are subject to change.
* Denotes Drive out of 56 day loop.
1. One pint of blood can potentially save THREE lives
2. One in ten people entering a hospital needs blood
3. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion
4. There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood
5. You can be 16 to donate blood, with parental consent
6. You can donate blood every 56 days
7. Tannin in tea decreases the amount of iron you absorb by 50 percent.
8. The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
9. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
10. Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
11. Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
12. The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
13. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
14. The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others."
15. If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save more than 1,000 lives!
16. Foods to eat prior to your donation:
Meats: Beef, Lamb, Ham, Turkey, Chicken, Veal, Pork, Dried Beef, Liver, Liverwurst, Eggs (any style)
Seafood: Shrimp, Clams, Scallops, Oysters, Tuna, Sardines, Haddock, Mackerel
Vegetables: Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Broccoli, String Beans, Beet Greens, Dandelion Greens, Collards, Kale, Chard
Bread & Cereals: White Bread (Enriched), Whole Wheat Bread, Enriched Pasta, Wheat Products, Bran Cereals, Corn Meal, Oat Cereal, Cream of Wheat, Rye Bread, Enriched Rice
Fruit: Strawberries, Watermelon, Raisins, Dates, Figs, Prunes, Prune Juice, Dried Apricots, Dried Peaches
Beans & Other Foods: Tofu, Beans (Kidney, Garbanzo, or White, Canned), Tomato Products, Dried Peas, Dried Beans, Lentils, Instand Breakfast, Corn Syrup, Maple Syrup, Molasses
1. One pint of blood can
I’m 43 yrs old and try to give faithfully in remembrance of my first Husband. My first husband died at age 29, widowed at at age 30. The time spent with him the last several months was with the help of Red Cross Donors. He was on Kidney Dialysis and also a Diabetic. My time with him was extended due to other peoples donations, the memories are well cherished and never forgotten. . Thank you!
I first donated at age 19 while in the WI National Guard and found out how easy it was. I actually felt better after giving blood. I have missed a few over the years because of a bad cold, but just gave my 183rd pint last week. I am hoping to get to 200. Many of my friends would like to give but can't because of medical reasons. I continue on their behalf and on mine.
My dad had 0 negative blood and so do I. He felt very strongly about donating so when he passed away I felt it was important that I keep his gift flowing. It has been almost 20 years now and I am still donating. Whatever inconvenience or discomfort I may have in donating, it is nothing compared to what is being experienced by the person who needs my blood. I am honored to be able to help.
In October of 2009 I scheduled a surgery to remove tumors from my right knee and hip. It was Monday the 19th and I was feeling pretty nervous. I went through the usually pre-operation mumbo jumbo and waited anxiously for my turn.
I was finally taken into the O.R. and knocked out.
When I woke up in recovery I was in intense pain, I never felt anything like that before. I was taken to my room where my worried parents waited. Things seemed to be doing ok, I was ut on a Pain Med pump through my I.V. that i could push a button every 15 minutes and get a boost of medication. The rest of that day went smoothly. When night came around things turned for the worst. At about 2am my heart monitor started beating, my blood pressure tanked and I was very cold. The nurses rushed around frantically trying to fix things, but nothing was working I was still getting worse. At about 7:30am Tuesday morning my doctor walked in, took one look at me and said, "If she doesn't get blood she wont make it." Those were the most terrifying words to hear.
They got me stable enough to wait on the blood to come, little did we know it was going to take 8 hours to get it to me. I was getting weaker by the minute but I some how managed to hold on until it got there. I remember the nurses verifying everything a million times to make sure i got the right blood.
It took about 4 hours to transfuse the first 2 units ( i had others waiting just in case) and immediately I felt better. Recovery was a little rough for me but I pulled through, and 5 months 1 week and 3 days later I started working for The American Red Cross as a collections tech helping to save lives of others in need! That day was the happiest day of my life, it's nice to know how the blood that saved my life was taken with such care, by such great staff. I'm truly honored to be a part of the ARC family!
The Brian Boyle Story:
Brian Boyle, 24, defines inspiration. Spokesperson for the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac (GC&P) Blood Services Region and blood recipient, Brian tells his true-life story of how he returned from the dead in his autobiography, Iron Heart.
In 2004, Brian Boyle was the victim of a near fatal car crash that caused catastrophic injuries and 60% blood loss, his heart was ripped across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically induced coma. He required over thirty-six blood transfusions, thirteen plasma treatments, fourteen major surgeries, and several months of hospitalization to bring him back to life.
When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his dream of one day competing in the Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile marathon) spurring him on, Brian defied all odds, and competed and crossed the finish line in Kona, Hawaii three years after his accident.
News segment about Brian’s recovery and American Red Cross: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmehcPbSdew
Iron Heart is the first-person account of Brian’s ordeal and his miraculous comeback. Brian represents the many blood recipients whose lives have been saved in part to Red Cross blood donors. “Appreciation goes to all the blood donors and the amazing people who work in the American Red Cross throughout the United States. I will forever remember your acts of kindness. The American Red Cross provides survival to those when least expected,” said Brian Boyle.
Knowing holidays can be one of the most difficult times to collect blood, Brian offered to help last year by hosting a series of Iron Heart blood drives, named after his autobiography. Participants at these special blood drives received a copy of Brian’s book and many also had the opportunity to meet with him following their donation. These sixteen blood drives, held in December and January during one of the area’s heaviest series of snowstorms in history, collected 1,116 productive units of blood, including nearly fifty percent type O donations and twenty-five percent first time donors. To celebrate this occasion, Brian gave his very first blood donation at the hospital that brought him back to life.
This past May, Brian graduated with honors from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and regularly competes in marathons and triathlons while wearing his American Red Cross race suit. Brian received the 2009 Spokesperson of the Year Award for the Red Cross GC&P Region and he received it again in 2010. He has also worked with the National Red Cross and his local Southern Maryland Chapter (disaster and emergency services). He reminds all Red Cross blood donors exactly how blood donations save the lives of local patients every day.
Boyle says, “By giving just a little bit of their time, the blood donors gave somebody like me a lifetime. This is the power of donating blood, you’re not just giving blood, you’re giving life and there is no greater gift than that.”
His story has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, and several other programs throughout the country that have earned Emmy nominations and awards.
His journey of courage and determination has touched the hearts of many and his story and the message it carries has been celebrated around the world. Brian’s dedication to the mission of the Red Cross reminds the community of how one’s life can be touched by the act of donating blood.