Take Time To Give Blood

Take Time To Give Blood
By: Tiffany Sisson
KFVS 12 and the American Red Cross are teaming up! Together, we can all help our region replenish very low blood supplies.
Not enough time is usually an excuse, but this year the Red Cross is making donating easier. You can now avoid waiting in line. Call ahead to schedule your appointment. Even if you don't, the time you spend giving blood is no where close to the time you'll give to someone in need.
Wednesday afternoon, Stormteam meteorologist, Bob Reeves, let weather run it's course, taking time to save a life by donating blood. "It's something that virtually everybody needs to do," exclaimed Reeves.
It doesn't take long to do. Reeves starts by re-educating himself about donating. "You'll do a short reading of a book that we have, and then you go the health history interview, which is usually 10 to 15 minutes." explained Dom Mastropierro, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Account Manager.
"It's really very simple! So far, all I've had to do is read a description of drugs, being asked some question about medical history, had my blood pressure taken, and of course the very well known finger prink to get a sample of the blood. I passed all the test. So, here I am," said Reeves.
Mastropierro explained, "When you get on to the bed, depending on how fast you actually take to give the donation, it's usually 5 to 15 or 20 minutes."
Next stop, a snack, cookies and juice to put some of the fluids back into your system.. You're done! forty-five minutes to an hour, tops! "Take it easy for 4 to 5 hours, no strenuous exercise or anything like that," explained Mastropierro.
"You never know when you're going to need it, and even if you never do, isn't it a pretty good thing to do help somebody else," said Reeves.
If you want to schedule an appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE!