We are excited to continue our partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas by offering four blood drives in 2019.

Our second Blood Drive in 2019 is on Monday, May 13, from 2:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a goal of 35 units.

Average in and out time is less than an hour. Making an appointment helps to prevent a back-log of donors during the collection period.

Appointment may be made by contacting Alice Davis.

2019 february blood drive results

   The first Blood Drive of the year at St. Paul's was very successful in that the church received 39 units, four above our goal of 35 units.  Many factors were involved in meeting the goal.  Ten donors had contacted me to let me know they would be unavailable because they had upper respiratory problems or the flu.  Others who normally donate were out of town, had to work late, etc.

   Once the Drive started, seven of the first 20 donors were rejected because of low hemoglobin.  Two others were later rejected because of high heart rate or high blood pressure. 

   There were many factors that helped reach our goal.  Five first-time donors came from the community; four donors (Linda Goodman, Terri Powlas, Ashley Lombard, and Lee Aldridge) gave "doubles" that count as 2 units; and Tammy Leazer gave plasma which counts as 4 units. 

   If you are ever asked or would like to donate, please consider at least giving it a try.  We need young donors (Savannah Charles was our youngest at this drive) to replace some of our regular donors who are no longer are able to donate because of health issues or medications.  Please understand that this is a wonderful way to give to someone needing a transfusion who will never be able to repay you for "the gift of life."

   Special thanks go to all who donate and to volunteers who make the drive a success:  Linda Goodman, Sharon McBride, and Betty Monroe work the canteen; Helen Gordon helps with check-in; the "Property Brothers" set up the Fellowship Hall for the drive; Ben and Susan Bernhardt handle signs at the ends of St. Paul's Church Road to advertise the drive; and Perry Bernhardt, Lindsay Lowman, and Brent Monroe who put the Fellowship Hall back in order after each drive.

   Our next Blood Drive is MONDAY, MAY 13TH, 2:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.  Please contact the church or Alice Davis, pherford1@yahoo.com or 704-855-4930 if you would like to donate and are not on our donor list.

Alice Davis