Blood is a precious commodity with a limited shelf life. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days. Platelets must be used within five days. Plasma can be frozen and stored for up to one year.
Area individuals can help by donating blood at this Community Blood Center blood drive on Tuesday, February 25, 2:00-7:00pm. The drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 310 Johnston Parkway in Raymore.
Community Blood Center (CBC) is the local non-profit supplier of blood services for 70 hospitals throughout Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Joseph, Lawrence, and Topeka.
“When Individuals normally think of essential community services, they think about the fire and police departments.” said Jay Menitove, M.D., President/CEO and Medical Director with Community Blood Center. “Community Blood Center and its donors are very similar to police officers and fire fighters. We make up a life-saving team that is here to meet the needs of local patients. Our volunteer donors roll up their sleeves and do so without hesitation.”