Have a Heart - The Benefits of Blood Donation

On February 3, Daisy Girl Scout Troop #75721 earned their Considerate and Caring Petal by partnering with Deb Chmielowicz and Megan Davis of the American Red Cross at Trinity Lutheran Church.  They learned about the different parts of blood being donated to patients and the importance of donating blood. The girls were also able to witness community members donating blood. 

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Megan Davis, account manager from the American Red Cross, did more than collect blood last week at Herscher’s blood drive. 

She educated the local Daisy troop with a life lesson about the importance of giving blood. 

She now shares that lesson with Herscher Pilot’s readers:

An American Red Cross blood drive was held at the Trinity Lutheran church on February 3rd. 

In addition to the 38 generous blood donors, the Red Cross was visited by the local Daisy troop to learn about the blood donation process and to watch the Red Cross team in action. 

Although you must be at least 16 years old to donate

blood, it's never too early to learn about the importance of blood donation. 

Getting youth involved in blood donation from an early age allows a future lifelong blood donation habit to be formed and creates a new generation of blood donors to help patients in need. 

The young girls in the Daisy troop learned last  Monday that there is

no substitute for blood - it must come from the generosity of donors. They also

learned about the different parts of the blood (red cells, white cells, platelets,

and plasma) as well as some of the reasons someone may need a blood transfusion. 

Blood is needed for traumas and burn victims, surgeries, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross needs to collect 13,000 units of blood every day to meet the needs of the patients they serve. 

Eligible donors can feel good knowing that by donating through the Red Cross, they may be helping patients not only in their community, but also family and friends across the nation. 

Having a readily available blood supply is crucial for patients whose survival depends on transfusions and just one donation can help save up to three lives. 

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days and Power Red Cell donations can be donated every 112 days. 

Donors can make an appointment to donate blood by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.