If it’s the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, you know that you’ll find the bloodmobile parked outside of West Central High School. The semi-annual blood drive was held November 24, 2010 and was sponsored by the West Central FFA Chapter in cooperation with Hartford Fire and Rescue.
44 students and community members rolled up their sleeves to provide life saving gifts to 132 area patients.
Only 5% of eligible people donate blood. On average 100 units are needed every day. 8 out of 10 of us will need blood or blood products in our lifetime. You may donate every 56 days.
Donors have other benefits other than the satisfaction of helping save a life and the cookies afterward. Studies have shown that most men and menopausal women who give blood two to three times a year, also reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering the iron stored in their blood. Donors not only help save the lives of others, they may help save their own as well.
The bloodmobile will return to West Central again on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.