GIVE BLOOD AT ST. PATRICK
St. Patrick School and Knights of Columbus co-host blood drives periodically throughout the year in the social hall through the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.
2019 Blood Drive Dates
Wed, April 10
* Check back for more 2019 dates
St. Patrick Social Hall
To schedule an appointment, call the Blood Center at 866-448-3253 or click HERE to schedule online.
Every day there is a need for blood donations. Many people consider it a right to receive blood when needed but don't often consider the responsibility of giving blood to maintain the community supply for others.
- An adult body contains 8-12 pints of blood
- The entire donation process takes about an hour, including registration and a mini-physical
- One unit of blood yield red cells, platelets, and plasma to benefit up to three patients
- Less than 5% of eligible adults donate blood
- There is no substitute for blood
- Only you can help save another life
Heal the Sick by John Thavis, Catholic News Service, VATICAN CITY (CNS)
Top Vatican officials encouraged blood donation, saying it was a powerful and practical way to carry out Christ’s command to heal the sick. Pope Benedict XVI <has> sent special greetings to blood donors everywhere. He said Christians should find inspiration for blood donation in Christ, who “redeemed us with his blood.” Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan celebrated Mass near the Vatican with several hundred blood donation volunteers. In a sermon, he asked why people should give blood.
The answers are many, he said. For one thing, despite millions of donors each year, the world does not have enough blood to meet medical needs — especially in poorest countries.
Many give blood out of a sense of solidarity or compassion for the sick, he said. But for Christians, donating blood should have another special meaning.
“Christ gave to his disciples a specific mandate: ‘Heal the sick’”.
Beyond solidarity and natural compassion, there is this mandate of Christ, whom we obey with our innermost nature by giving blood. This is a great satisfaction, fulfilling from our hearts Christ’s command to give health,” Cardinal Lozano said.