By Max Erikson

Blood drive coming to church


January 17, 2018

The Red Cross is having their first blood drive of the year Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Community Grace Brethren Church—1180 S Roosevelt Ave—from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Donated blood goes to people all over the United States and is used for transfusions, surgeries, and helping people who have been involved in a life threatening accident.

Blood drive coordinator Nadine Brack says this blood drive is particular important because many blood drives in the eastern United States have been cancelled in recent weeks due to severe weather in that part of the country, leaving a shortage of available blood.

“This is a critical time for the Red Cross and its blood banks,” Brack says. “The weather has played such a big role in causing the current shortage we are experiencing. The more we can do here, the more we can help blood banks back east.”

The donation process lasts about one hour, accounting for a mini-physical, filling out paper work, the blood draw, and 15 minutes rest time to make sure your body has fully recuperated.

Treats are provided afterwards with cookies, brownies, juice, and water.

The Rapid Pass feature is also available again for this blood drive. You can sign up for your appointment online and fill out screening questions ahead of time. The Rapid Pass has a barcode on it showing you have completed your questionnaire. It can be printed and brought in, or saved to your phone.

You can go to to start the process of registration, saving time the day of the donation. Rapid Passes must be completed the day of donation and not the night before.

For first time donors, the Red Cross provides donation cards that gives your blood type on the card and can be used the next time blood is given or when you need it for a Doctor’s visit. Donors will be provided with a text message shortly after their donation, telling where the donor’s blood was sent and how it was used.

Prior to donating there are some tips you should follow to make for a more comfortable experience:

The Red Cross advises that you drink plenty of water before your appointment, get a good night sleep, and avoid foods that are high in fat like hamburgers and fries that effect accurate testing on blood.

Eat a healthy meal the day of and have your identification or driver’s license with you at the time of check in. Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable and prepare for about an hour for the whole process.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about donating blood, call Nadine Brack at (509) 439-2011 or visit


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