Blanche Manner never considered donating blood. But that changed one night when her brother was in an accident in Williston. He needed a blood transfusion.
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Luckily, many had donated blood to the hospital.
That was five years ago, and ever since then, the Killdeer resident has made it a habit to donate blood once a year.
“It’s important. It’s one way we can pitch in and help people,” Manner said.
She and others will get a chance to do it before the year ends. The Killdeer Aquatics & Wellness Center is hosting the Killdeer Community Blood Drive on Dec. 28 from 1-6 p.m. at the center’s community room.
“Give the perfect gift this holiday season … donate a lifesaving blood donation,” said James Mousseau, the director of the Killdeer parks and Recreation Department.
United Blood Services will be administering the blood drive. According to its website, United Blood Services is a nonprofit community blood center, providing blood and blood products for local area hospitals throughout the United States.
Founded in 1943, United Blood Services community blood centers across the country provide blood, blood components and special services for patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, from California to the Gulf Coast, from the “Tip o’ Texas” to the Canadian border. More than 25 million people in communities throughout these states depend on United Blood Services’ generous volunteer blood donors and our dedicated staff to make sure lifesaving blood is available when and where it is needed.
Donors are required to bring a driver’s license and donor card to register.
However, Mousseau said donors can register online beforehand. United Blood Services welcomes volunteer donors at its blood centers and blood drives.
According to its website, doors can save time by completing your health history questionnaire online the same day as the blood-donation appointment. They can go to UniedBloodServices.org for the online health history questionnaire. Answer all the questions, then print the Fast Track Donation Ticket and bring it when you donate. (Your Fast Track Donation Ticket will show the date you completed the online health history questionnaire. That date must match the date of your donation.) When you arrive, our staff will review your answers, take your blood pressure and other vitals, and make sure you’re able to donate.