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Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

The parish sponsors a few blood drives each year through the American Red Cross.  As Christians this is our opportunity to share the gift of life with those in need.  Whether we are giving of our blood or of our assistance in this ministry, we give the gift of life.  Please see the bulletin or call the parish office for more  information.

Our Next Blood Drive is SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020;  8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We are taking Blood Drive Sign-ups the weekends of December 21st/22nd and on December 28th/29th.  The donation of one unit of blood can potentially help to save three lives. 



  • Visit www.redcrossblood.org
  • Go to box down on left and middle of screen that says “Make a Donation” and click “Enter a Sponsor Code” which is stjane.
  • Click “click here” to schedule an appointment to donate.
  • First time users must then click the blue “create a profile” link to the right of the screen before logging into schedule a time.  Complete all fields marked with an asterisk.

Future Dates:  
     Sunday, May 24, 2020
     Sunday, July 19, 2020
     Sunday, October 18, 2020

Tips for a Good Blood Donation Experience

Before Donating:

  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Have a good breakfast or lunch
  • Drink extra water & fluids to replace the volume you will donate
  • Eat iron rich foods--red meats, fish, poultry or liver, beans, iron fortified cereals, raisins & prunes
  • Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating.  Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fatty materials--lipids--that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods.  When this occurs & required testing cannot be performed, the blood may need to be discarded.

During Donation:

  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow
  • Show the staff any "good veins" that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood
  • Relax
  • Take the time to enjoy a snack & a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.

After Donation:

  • Re-hydrate by drinking plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about 5 hours after donation

Enjoy the good feeling that comes with knowing that you may have saved as many as three lives.

Increase your intake of High Iron Foods

Information on ways to get iron into your diet.  The USDA dietary allowance for iron varies with age & sex.  It is a good idea to read the Nutrition Facts Label of all of the food you eat & calculate how much iron is in your diet.  

Foods that are good to eat to increase the amount of iron in your diet are listed below:

  • Liver, beef, pork, poultry & fish are all excellent sources of dietary iron.  Shellfish, such as shrimp, clams, mussels & oysters are also good sources of iron.
  • If you do not eat meat or fish, other foods with high iron contenct include:  iron fortified cereals, beans or legumes, especially kidney beans, pinto beans & chickpes.  Vegetables such as peas, spinach & lentils.  Fruits, especially apricots & raisins.  Enriched whole grain breads & molasses.

Absorption of iron from any of the sources above can be improved by eating vitamin C rich foods at the same meal.  Vitamin C rich foods include orange juice, grapefruit, cantaloupe, green peppers & tomotoes.  If you do not eat meat, fish or poultry, avoid drinking tea with meals.  Tea contains tannins which will decrease the absorption of the iron.  Legumes (peas or beans for example) also contain compounds that decrease the absorption of iron.  Vegetarians should eat these foods with a source of Vitamin C.



Debbie Mazur

Christian Service & Adult Formation Coordinator 

(586) 977-8080, ext. 107
email:  dmazur@sjfparish.org