High school students in Sleepy Eye are helping patients in need by donating blood and platelets, volunteering at blood drives and donation centers, and recruiting new donors with the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross will be coming to Sleepy Eye Public High School on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The blood drive will take place in the high school gym. Please note that the drive this year is being held in the fall instead of the spring. Appointments can be made by calling 794-7904. Walk-ins are welcome.
As much as 20 percent of Red Cross blood donations come from students. On average, about 15,000 pints of blood must be collected every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers.
Young donors, 16 to 24 years of age, are the fastest growing donor group within the Red Cross.
Thanks to the dedicated students, the Red Cross will help ensure supplies of blood products are readily available for patients in need. The pints collected as a result of their efforts can potentially be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease sufferers and more.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.