AHCC is hosting a blood drive to help make a powerful impact on our local community and beyond.
Blood is essential to life. Blood circulates through our body and delivers essential substances like oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells. There is no substitute for blood. It cannot be made or manufactured. Generous blood donors are the only source of blood for patients in need of a blood transfusion, and because blood is made up of four main components: red blood cells, platelets, plasma, and white blood cells, each whole blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.
If you’ve never donated blood, here’s what to expect:
Health History and Mini-Physical — Answer some questions online or in a private interview, and receive a general health check. The results of your mini-physical will be available in your online blood donor account.
Donation — You’ll be seated comfortably while a pint of blood is drawn. The actual donation only takes 8-10 minutes.
Refreshment and Recovery — After donating, you can enjoy a snack and a drink for 10-15 minutes before resuming your day.
The entire donation process takes about an hour.