By Carl Norman
Everyone can get fit and save a life at the same time Sept. 25 by donating blood at Davidson Fitness Center’s monthly Armed Services Blood Program blood drive on Court 1.
The drive runs 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is open to everyone – military or civilian – who is 17 years old and older. All donors will receive a free ASBP t-shirt, some juice and cookies, and a heart-felt thank you.
Davidson Fitness Center and the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center have partnered to make donating opportunities more regular and accessible so everyone on post can help save lives around the world. These partnership drives are scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month on DFC’s Court 1.
“Every hour of every day someone, somewhere needs blood,” said Army Capt. Patrick Kaer, Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center officer in charge. “By having the drive at Davidson, you can stop by and donate after your workout and not have to worry about finding another time to donate. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Potential blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old and feeling well for the past three days. They must also be well hydrated and have eaten something before donating.
Those wanting to donate should bring a list of foreign countries traveled to — be sure to include when, where and for how long — and a photo ID (military ID, driver’s license, etc).
The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center collects blood for the Armed Services Blood Program, the official blood collection agency for the Department of Defense. Blood collected at this drive will go directly to medical facilities in Afghanistan and other Overseas Contingency areas, as well as military hospitals on installations throughout the Department of Defense.
The military healthcare system requires about 400 units of blood every day. It’s the ASBP’s mission to make sure that blood is available to medical providers, but that can’t be done without volunteer donors.
“We look forward to seeing you there,” Kaer said. “Donating is literally a life-changing experience – for many who are on the receiving end of your donations. So, if you have your health, celebrate it by giving blood to those who are not as fortunate.”
For more information on this drive, e-mail Carl Norman, Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center donor recruiter, at Carl.A.Norman2.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center, call 573.596.5385. For more about the Armed Services Blood Program visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil.