Blood Drive set for October 4

September 20, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Donna Cherry

Keep October 4th open on your calendar to be a donor for giving a pint/unit of much needed blood. The time will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Senior Center.

The Lewis and Clark Region service has expanded. This area is 9% of the U.S. geographically and includes Missoula, Great Falls, and Bozeman in Montana, Boise, Idaho and areas of Utah. 180,000 units are expected of this large area.

Healthy volunteer blood donors are the key to maintaining a safe and available source of blood for patients all over the country. Donors must be healthy men and women age 17 and older, and weighing at least 110 pounds. These donors are encouraged to eat a healthy balanced diet and avoid foods high in fat just before donation.

All of the needles and supplies used by the American Red Cross collection staff are brand new and used only once to ensure the donor's safety.

Hot homemade soup and crackers will be served, as well as homemade cookies, juice and other liquids. This will replenish some of the fluids and minerals lost during donation. The body does, however, replace the lost fluids on its own within 24 hours.

To give the gift of life to the American Red Cross in Seeley Lake and surrounding areas, please call Joan Burt at 677-2130 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but a shorter waiting time is assured with an appointment. We exceeded our quota last year. Let's do it again.