GIVE BLOOD AT ST. PATRICK
St. Patrick School and Knights of Columbus co-host blood drives periodically throughout the year through the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.
NEXT BLOOD DRIVE
Wed, April 8
St. Patrick School Cafeteria
MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT! SORRY, NO WALK-INS.
To schedule an appointment, call the Blood Center at 866-448-3253 or schedule online. Use sponsor code 10741.
If you can't attend our drive, find a location near you.
A Message from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center: We are grateful for donors and blood drive coordinators that have supported donations in the last few weeks as we are meeting all patient needs locally. We are encouraging blood donations into the next 8 weeks and are requiring appointments to ensure adequate supplies and social distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. For blood drive sponsor groups that are considering cancelling drives, please work with us on potential options to re-direct donors and move events into the future.
There are no reports of spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood routinely helps ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs year round. Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.
Blood donation is permitted under Stay at Home directives. Click here for more information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Watch the bulletin for dates & times and for any special offers from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (vouchers for clothing or gift cards).
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.