The Christmas holidays are known as the season of giving. Beginning on Wednesday, December 23rd and continuing on Saturday, December 26th Jackson Parish residents can give the greatest gift of all – LIFE! This can be done through the much needed donation of blood under the guidance of LifeShare Blood Center who will have mobile drive units at three locations in Jonesboro. See schedule below.
Wednesday – December 23rd
Forest Haven Nursing and Rehab Center (9:00am till 2:00pm)
Jackson Parish Hospital (11:00am to 5:00pm)
Saturday – December 26th
Walmart in Jonesboro (1:00 – 6:00pm)
The blood donation process generally follows these steps:
- Before giving blood, make sure that you meet the requirements, get a good night’s sleep, eat regular meals and drink plenty of fluids.
- After you present a photo ID and read the information sheet you will undergo a mini exam (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and iron level) and then provide confidential answers to health history questions.
- The donation takes place in a comfortable chair. Most donors feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted and nothing after that.
- After the donation, you should sit down and have a snack and beverage. If you experience any light-headedness let your donor technician know and lie down until you feel better. Do not use tobacco products for the next 30 minutes. Leave the arm bandage on and do not engage in strenuous activity or lift heavy objects for the next two to four hours. For the next 24 – 48 hours be sure to increase fluid intake.
You can also make financial contributions to the organization that helps ensure a continuously sufficient blood supply for your local medical facilities. You can give in memory or honor of a friend, family member, or other special person and your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.