FPC Blood Drive!

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Help Save Lives By Giving Blood

The Red Cross is the sole blood provider to all local Richmond Hospitals like Henrico Doctors’, Bon Secours, and VCU Medical Centers. FPC is helping to support our local hospital patients by hosting their next blood drive on Sept. 25 from 12-6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Visit tinyurl.com/fpcblood to sign up!

Blood is needed for accident victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves following severe winter weather in some parts of the country. Since the beginning of the year, about 25,000 blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected due to weather-related blood drive cancellations.


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When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. As it turns out, A, B and O aren’t just letters—and when they go missing from hospital shelves, lives could be changed forever.

The Red Cross is now under an Emergency Appeal meaning that donations are being used faster than they are coming into our local VA hospitals.  

First Presbyterian Church is stepping up to help fill the #MissingTypes and save lives through blood donation. Thank you for supporting our local area hospital patients this summer.


Blood Facts:

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  • 1 Donation can save up to 3 lives

  • 1 Donation can save up to 9 babies’ lives

  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S needs blood

  • Approximately 36,000 red blood cells are needed everyday in the U.S


Health of donors for day of donation:

While a well-balanced diet is generally adequate to have normal iron levels, donors should eat extra iron-rich foods like fish, poultry, red meat, beans, peas, lentils, iron-fortified cereals, bread and dried fruit in the days prior to their donation appointments. Foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries, peppers, potatoes and cabbage, can increase iron absorption. Iron supplements should be taken only after consulting with a personal healthcare provider or pharmacist. Donors can learn more at redcrossblood.org/iron.

Donors are encouraged to drink larger amounts of water to make the donation process quicker!


Rapid Pass:

Blood donors can help save lives in less time by using the Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online on the day of the blood drive from the convenience of a computer or mobile device.

To get a RapidPass, donors should visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App to complete all of the questions, then print their RapidPass®or show it on a mobile device when they come to donate. Be sure to complete RapidPass the day of your donation.

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