San Pedro Red Cross to host Blood Drive

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The San Pedro Red Cross and Belize Blood Services will be holding a blood drive on Saturday, February 7th at Clinica Los Pinos from 9AM to 3PM. Healthy donors from the ages of 18-65 are invited to come out and support the cause. All blood collected is stored at the Belize City blood bank and is allocated for Ambergris Caye residents or tourists in need.
Here are some helpful tips for those wanting to donate, remember RED: Rest- get a good night’s sleep the night before you donate, Eat a healthy meal before you donate (eating iron-rich foods helps strengthen iron levels for safe and successful blood donation) and Drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages (water is best, or fresh juice).05 SPBRC Blood drive Feb 2015
San Pedro Red Cross explained that the need for “clean” blood in Belize is absolutely imperative. Persons taking prescription medication but wish to donate, should but not take the prescription for at least 72 hours prior to donating blood. This is only recommended for those that can go for a time without taking the prescription. For non-prescription medication, refrain from using them at least 24 hours prior to donating blood.
In addition, youth volunteers will be placed in three key points to direct people to the venue. These locations are Island City Supermarket, Carlos & Ernie's Bar and Grill and town clock tower. Donations can also be given to the volunteers by those not wanting to donate blood but support the cause.
On another note, persons interested in being a member or volunteer at the San Pedro Red Cross can contact [email protected]

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