CCSD 89 blood drives

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    Upcoming blood drives

    The district will host blood drives from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Glen Crest on the following dates:

    • January 8, 2020
    • March 4, 2020
    • May 6, 2020
    • August 26, 2020
    • November 11, 2020

    With more local permanent blood centers closing, Glen Crest Middle School has become a regular host site for Heartland Blood Center blood drives. 

    Heartland Blood Centers provide blood to hospitals across the country. According to Heartland, a blood donation is needed every two seconds in the United States. Cancer patients can need up to 8 units of blood each month.

    The impact of each blood donation is multiplied. When Heartland collects blood, most of the time that pint can be separated to help up to three patients. One patient may get the red blood cells, one may get the plasma, and one the platelets. 

    The blood drives are held in the cafeteria of the school at 725 Sheehan Avenue, Glen Ellyn. Appointments are appreciated. 

    The process for donating

    Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation, and refreshments. The actual blood donation takes about 10 to 12 minutes. The entire process - from arrival to exit - takes about an hour.

    Donors can speed up the process by using VersiPASS, which allows them to fill out basic medical screening questions from their phone the morning of their donation. You can learn more about VersiPASS here: http://www.versiti.org/versipass/illinois

    It is recommended that a donor eat something within four hours prior to donation.

    Who can donate

    The blood drive is open to anyone in the community.

    A photo ID is required to donate. You need to be at least 17 years old and in good health. (Sixteen-year-olds can donate with parent permission.) You must weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated blood for at least eight weeks. To determine if you are eligible to donate, contact Heartland Blood Centers at (800) 786-4483.