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Blood drive

SCHROON LAKE — The Schroon Lake Central School chapter of the National Honor Society wants to make a difference.
That’s why the group is planning an American Red Cross blood drive 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the auditorium of Schroon Lake Central School.
“We’re sponsoring the blood drive because we want to become an active member in the Schroon Lake community,” said Mitchell Beers, an honor society member. “We’re trying to up our game and sponsor more events for charity and education. Our hope is through sponsoring projects such as the blood drive we can incorporate our community and our school in a positive experience that helps others.”
People interested in donating at the blood drive can make an appointment by contacting Beers at Mitchell.beers@yahoo.com or 791-8176.
The Schroon Lake blood drive has taken on added significance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The storm has forced the cancellation of approximately 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,000 units of blood and platelet donations. More blood drives are being canceled as a result of power outages, making the shortfall even greater.
Nationwide, about 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
Beers said Schroon Lake students have an ambitious goal for their blood drive.
“We hope to collect 65 units of blood, about a pint each, and if we end up collecting more it would be great,” he said. “The drive is to support the more than 44,000 people that need blood transfusions, as well as empower our community to help.”
Although sponsored by the National Honor Society, many Schroon Lake students will be involved.
“There are numerous students in the school who are personally participating by donating their own blood, as well as many students volunteering their time to set up and run the blood drive,” Beers said. “These include NHS members, but also other students just looking to help out. Overall, around 30 students will be involved in the project.”
During the Schroon Lake blood drive donors will have an option to give whole blood or double red cells.
“Double red cell donation is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma and platelets to you,” Beers said. “Whole blood donations contain red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion. If you meet certain criteria, double red cell donation allows you to safely donate two units of red cells during one appointment. We are sponsoring both forms of donation at the SLCS blood drive.”
A blood donor card, a driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are age 17 and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors age 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
For eligibility requirements and more information visit www.redcrossblood.com

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