On October 19, 2010 the Long Lake Town Hall on Route 30 in Long Lake, NY was the site of the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and Long Lake Central School. Twenty seven were pre-registered, twelve walked in and forty-four donations were made. Students from Long Lake Central School including Jessica Pitcher, Eve Tobey and Melissa Clark volunteered their time after school at the Long Lake Town Office to rustle up donors. A partnership between the town and school has become an important component to the success of student community service and Melissa, Eve and Jessica were a huge asset.
Patty Farrell entertained donors at the snack table, Anna Pratt registered all appointments, Cindy Black commanded the coffee and seven nurses were on hand counseling. Many generous Long Laker’s baked cookies and made treats for the donors.
The goal was for forty pints and eight DRC donations.
What is a DRC? A double Red Cell Donor. Whole blood donations contain red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion. If you meet certain criteria, double red cell donation allows you to safely donate two units of red cells during one appointment as an automated donation process. It is as safe as whole blood donation.
Double red cell donation take about thirty minutes longer than a whole blood donation and you could donate approximately every four months.
The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be at Long Lake Central School on January 21st, 2011. The Spring collection will be on April 28th, 2011 at the Long Lake Town Hall. Our goal is to exceed our double red blood cell donations.