Letter to the Editor

Mulligan: Red Cross needs 'special blood donors'

To the Editor:

The American Red Cross Blood Drive is coming to town.

We are asking our special blood donors to donate.

Did you know there are time limits to give? If you donate regular-whole blood, you can donate every 56 days. If you give double red cell, you may donate every 112 days. A platelet donor may donate as often as seven days up to a maximum of 24 times a year.

A donor with a pacemaker may donate as long as the pulse rate is between 50 and 100 beats per minute at the time of donation.

Bring your donor card or your driver’s license card if you don’t have a donor card. Bring a consent form if you are 16 years of age or younger. Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above your elbow. Get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of fluids and eat within two to three hours.

We encourage donors with the following types of blood to give what we call power donation: O negative, O positive, A and B negative. Donors are to give whole blood if your blood is A or B positive.

If you have any questions about medications you are taking, or if you have gone overseas, you can call 1-866-236-3276 to see if you qualify to give blood. If you want an appointment, you can call Norma Brands at 507-283-5064.

Some people think all blood donated goes up to the cities and no farther, but the blood goes all over the United States and overseas wherever it is needed. The blood drive will be held on July 24 at the Grace Lutheran Church, 500 North Kniss Ave. Luverne. Hours are 1-7 p.m.

Delores Mulligan

Luverne

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