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 St. Stephen Annual Blood Drive

Twice a year, typically in January and October, our parish partners with MI Blood to host a one-day blood drive.  This drive is open to all community members. You may be eligible to give blood every 56 days if you are a healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parent/guardian consent), and weight 110lbs or more.

Blood donors make a life-saving difference.  Help to make a difference.  BE SOMEBODY WHO SAVES LIVES.

If you are unable to donate, we are always looking for volunteers to bake cookies, bring in healthy snacks, and provide beverages to our donors.  No matter how you participate, you can make a difference.

Contact: Isabel Hollern
               616-243-2852
                

We have included some tips on how to be a successful blood donor and what to expect when you donate:

Before You Donate

  • Get plenty of rest, drink extra fluids, eat a good meal (including iron-rich foods), and avoid alcohol.
  • Eat more salty foods than usual 24 hours before you donate (check with your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions).
  • Avoid smoking right before you donate.

Donating

  • The entire process takes about 60 minutes.
  • Healthy people are eligible to donate every 56 days.

1. Registration

  • Sign in to let us know you're here.
  • Present photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.
  • 16-year-old donors will also need to present a parental consent form. 

2. Screening Area

  • Answer questions about your health.
  • Mini-physical: Temperature, pulse, and blood pressure are all checked. A small drop of blood from your fingertip is taken to test your iron level.

3. Hydration

  • Drink a bottle of water to hydrate before you donate.

4. Donation

  • A tourniquet goes on your arm above the elbow.
  • A phlebotomist cleans your skin.
  • The blood is collected (usually takes about 5-7 minutes).

5. Post-Donation Station

  • Take 15 minutes to sit, relax, and enjoy a snack.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. 

After You Donate

  • Most people feel fine. Drink more nonalcoholic liquids than usual. This is important because your body replaces the liquid volume of the donated blood within 24 hours.
  • Eat more salty foods than usual 24 hours after you donate (check with your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions).
  • Avoid smoking for 30 minutes.
  • Delay strenuous exercise until after your next regular, full meal.
  • Leave the bandage on your arm for 3-4 hours to protect your skin against infection.
  • If you feel light-headed after donating, sit down or pull off to the side of the road if you're driving and wait until you feel better before continuing.
Source: miblood.org

For more information about how to give blood and donating requirements, please visit miblood.org/donating-blood/.