Their goal this year was 250 units of usable blood at the Ohio Valley Media Blood Donor Day, but vounteers were concerned they may not even come close.
This year, Red Cross officials said the number of pre-registrations was down significantly, and Media Blood Donor Day hit just as the Ohio Valley was dealing with real temperatures in the negative numbers.
They want people to know the whole process of donating blood doesn’t take much time.
“It takes about 12 minutes to sit down and give the nurse your medical history,” said Phyllis Riccadonna, Account Manager for the Greater Alleghenies Region of the American Red Cross. “Then it takes 10 to 15 minutes on the table to actually give blood. And you spend another 10 minutes in the canteen afterward. And then you’re free to go.”
Donor Rosemary Patrone of Moundsville said the volunteers are so professional, you barely feel the needle in your arm.
Patrone donates blood because she has had family members who were in an accident, and who needed blood to recover. She says she’s glad to be able to donate.
Volunteer Frank Papini was happy to serve everyone in the canteen. Papini has been in charge of the canteen for 10 years.
He said he was pleased to serve anyone who donated pizza, salad, juices, cookies and chips in grattitude.
As Riccadonna said, it’s a life-saving product.
“There’s no replacement for blood,” she continued. “We are actually using our supply off the shelves as it’s coming in. This is what we face, almost every winter.”
If you didn’t get a chance to donate, but would still like to you can visit redcross.org to find a blood drive near you.