By NATALIE SCOTT
Once a month, the Poland library hosts a blood drive to benefit American Red Cross. All across Mahoning Valley, the Red Cross offers around 30 blood drives a month at different public locations, such as libraries, schools, and churches. During the most recent drive in Poland on Jan. 2, the goal was to collect 35 pints of blood.
“The American Red Cross has been having blood drives at the Poland library since 2003,” said Donor Recruitment Representative Trisha Guth-Bronson. “The library is generous enough to let us have it here and we are so grateful. We see a lot of support from the community and that’s great because all of the donations that are made here stay in the Mahoning Valley. After our donations are processed, they are sent to 57 hospitals in the area, such as the Cleveland Clinic, St. Elizabeth’s, Salem Community Hospital and Northside Hospital.”
Donors are allowed to give blood every 56 days, so long as the donor is in good health. All donors must go through a screening process to make sure they are healthy enough to donate and that recipients of their donations will not come to harm by accepting the donation. Donations are separated into three different parts: plasma, red blood cells and platelets.
“We strongly encourage everyone who can to donate,” said Guth-Bronson. “Even diabetics can donate, which not a lot of people know. As long as you are feeling well, we want your donation. But if you don’t feel good, don’t worry about it this time; you can donate the next time we have a drive.”
To learn more about the American Red Cross or to find where you can donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org.