Bloodhounds are on the loose, hunting for willing blood donors to help reach their 140-pint goal during the 11th annual Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive on Wednesday.
During the past 10 years, the Noon Rotary Club has helped the American Red Cross boost the blood supply by collecting 1,600 pints.
This year’s blood drive will be a single-day event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St.
Everyone who is present to give without an appointment will receive a Red Cross drawstring bag.
Donors of all types are needed this spring, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative or A negative, according to the Red Cross. Blood collected at the Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive may be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases.
How to donate
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.