Tuesday's Blood Drive Could Lead to Scholarships for PRHS Students

Blood drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pine-Richland High School.

Interested in giving the gift of blood?

The Scholarship Blood Drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school at 700 Warrendale Road in Gibsonia.

“Last school year, our high school students and the community collected 467 units of blood, which made a difference in the lives of 1,401 local patients,” according to a press release from the school district.  

Because of the success of the drive, the Central Blood Bank awarded two $500 scholarships to 2011 graduating seniors.  

Click here to schedule your appointment online; use the Sponsor Code HS010058.  

To have an appointment scheduled for you, email Christine Misback at cmisback@zoominternet.net and provide your name, phone number, date of birth, and desired time to donate. Walk-ins are welcome.  

You may also use the HS010058 code at any Central Blood Bank donor site to support the PRHS Scholarship Drive.  

Students who are 16 years old may donate as long as they have a parent’s permission. Click here to print the parent permission form to bring on the day of donation.  

Students who are age 17 and older may donate; they do not need parental permission.

If you donate, remember to eat a well-balanced meal and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to your appointment. 

For additional details, refer to the Central Blood Bank website

A photo ID or Central Blood Bank donor card is required at registration.

The Central Blood Bank donor requirements are as follows:

You are eligible to donate blood if you

  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Are in good physical health
  • Are at least 16  years old. There is no upper age limit
  • Have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days

You are not eligible to donate blood if you

  • Have hepatitis
  • Are pregnant
  • Have ever tested positive for HIV, have engaged in high-risk behavior, or have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for AIDS
  • Have Babesiosis or Chagas Disease

You may be temporarily ineligible to donate blood if you

  • Have the flu, a sore throat, or fever on the day of donation
  • Are taking antibiotics for an infection
  • Received a tattoo, had your ear or another body part pierced using non-sterile, non-single-use equipment, or experienced an accidental needle stick injury in the past 12 months
  • Have had heart problems
  • Received a blood transfusion in the past 12 months
  • Have recently been vaccinated. Flu shots do not impact eligibility
  • Have a history of cancer
  • Traveled to or lived in a malaria area
  • Have recently had a sexually transmitted disease
  • If you are donating platelets, please do not take aspirin 48 hours prior or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) 12 hours prior to your scheduled donation time. Tylenol is acceptable as it is not a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). 

If you have questions regarding eligibility, contact the blood bank's Medical Help Desk at 1-866-DONORS-1 ext. 7160 or 7035.


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