St. Joseph Parish hosts American Red Cross Blood Drives on Mondays, 1:00-6:00 p.m., in Hughes Hall (see schedule below). Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. The need is constant – the gratification is instant.
Did You Know You Can Schedule Your Appointment Online?
Simply click on Account Login, create an account, and schedule. There’s also a free Red Cross Blood App available for download on devices through Ap StoreSM and Google Play™ (or text “BLOODAPP” to 90999). For more information, please visit www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Save Time with RapidPass
RapidPass allows donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office; reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. It's simple! Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass, read the information, answer the questions, and print the pass or email it to yourself.
Important to know! RapidPass cannot be completed prior to the date of the drive. Donors must complete the steps to redeem their pass on the day they donate. Donors who do not bring the printed pass with them to their donation or cannot show it on a mobile device will be asked to complete the questions again. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment.
For more information, please visit www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
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Volunteers are needed for the donation day – one person to help with registration and one person to assist at the refreshment area. Please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) if you’re able to lend a hand for all or part of the day. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause.
Why Donate Blood?
You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.
What Can You Expect?
Help ensure a successful donation by maintaining a healthy iron level in your diet, getting a good night’s sleep, and drinking plenty of water.
Eat a healthy meal and drink an extra 16 oz. of water before the donation.
Bring your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification.
Bring the names of medications you are taking.
Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
The actual donation process includes registration where staff and volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information, a mini physical (check pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin), the donation which typically takes 8-10 minutes, followed by a snack and something to drink in the refreshments area. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities. The entire process takes about an hour and 15 minutes depending on attendance. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped save lives.
Benefits of Donating
It feels great to donate!
You get free juice and delicious Keebler® cookies.
It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.