MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck High School Red Cross Club hopes to collect 40 pints of blood at its blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday to help save lives, Eli Russ, club president, said.
The club will hold the blood drive at Congregation Sulam Yaakov of Larchmont’s social hall basement on 2111 Boston Post Road. Those that donate will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to Lowes.
Each donation of blood can save up to three lives because it is broken down into platelets, red blood cells and plasma, said Thomas Kane, account manager of donor service recruitment for the American Red Cross. Platelets are most often used to help cancer patients, red blood cells are most often used in surgery and plasma is generally used for burn victims.
By collecting 40 pints of blood, up to 120 lives could be saved. The supply of blood decreases as the summer approaches, according to a Red Cross Club press release.
When a potential donor first walks in, they sign in and are given an informational pamphlet to review. If they choose to do so, they are taken back to the "History Area," where Red Cross volunteers check their medical history, temperature, blood pressure and iron level, which is required by the FDA. If everything checks out, they can donate.
More information on donation eligibility and tips for a successful donation can be found on the Red Cross website .
The Red Cross Club encourages people to make an appointment by contacting Eli Russ at 914-522-8121 or by email at MHSRedCrossClub@gmail.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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