The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, September 28, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Dietrich Reading Room on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. This will be primarily a Faculty-Staff Blood Drive, but students may also donate. All donors must sign up by going to: www.givesblood.org/give/get_started.php?orgID=1.
Currently, the regional blood inventory is low, so donors are needed! If you have questions about donation or eligibility to donate, please e-mail me or check out the ARC website, www.pleasegiveblood.org. Please note that the drive is ending a little later in the day; that will help us ensure that more donors are seen. There are also some new time-saving devices and procedures in the way blood is tested before donation that should make the whole process go more quickly.
A reminder for first-time donors: you must bring a photo ID, and must weigh at least 110 pounds. You will want to "iron up" about a week before donation by eating foods rich in iron, such as poultry, red meat, green leafy vegetables or raisins. Increase your intake of fluids (they ask you to double it) the day before donation. And please, eat a meal before you attempt to donate (breakfast, lunch—not just a banana or some carrots or yogurt). If you have received a tattoo within the last year, you are not eligible to donate. You also cannot be taking an antibiotic currently to donate blood. If you have traveled outside the U.S. recently for more than three months, or have any other questions about donation, you can e-mail me or call (215) 451-4363.
Thank you for helping to save lives.
—Evalyn B. Gelhaus Serials Dept., Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 4, September 21, 2004
September 21, 2004
Volume 51 Number 4