Two blood drives, 134 pints donated, 402 lives saved
DUNDALK — The most precious thing one can give back to their community is blood, and Dundalkians did exactly that last week.
Two blood drives were held last week – one at Tradepoint Atlantic on June 30 and one at the Dundalk American Legion Post 38 on July 1. Over those two days, 134 pints of blood were donated, which can be used to save up to 402 lives. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
At Tradepoint Atlantic, 96 pints of blood were donated,
according to Tindy Henderson, an account representative for Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services. The June 30 blood drive saw 91 donors who registered to donate, with five deferrals, she said.
Henderson said the goal for the June 30 blood drive was 80 donations, meaning the goal was surpassed by 20 percent. On July 1, the goal at Dundalk American Legion Post 38 was surpassed by 26 percent, as the goal was 30 donations.
“This whole community has just been so fantastic,” Henderson said. “I can’t even tell you how good it feels to have everybody come out and try and help.”
“We had 11 Power Red donors, which means their donation counts for twice the amounts of units,” Henderson said. “You have to be a specific blood type, and it’s collected with a different machine.”
“With that said, we had 74 full blood donors, and collected 22 units from Power Red donors.”
Henderson said that making the blood drives happen was a community effort with several parties involved. These parties include Tradepoint Atlantic, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the Greater Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department, as well as members of St. Luke’s Catholic and residents from Beachwood Estates.
“It just became a great community effort and it really showed,” Henderson said. “Everybody came out to try and help and it was just fantastic.”
A second blood drive was held at Dundalk American Legion Post 38 on July 1, as people gathered in the post’s banquet hall to give donations. Post commander Mark Phoebus said that of the two blood drives held at the Legion this year, up to 204 lives could be saved. A blood drive was held at Dundalk American Legion Post 38 on April 29.
Henderson said that donated blood will be used for emergency and trauma patients, cancer patients, transfusions and other ongoing needs. With hospitals bringing back elective surgeries, they are needing more blood, she said.
“It’s a little more of a need now than it was probably three months ago,” Henderson said.
Henderson also said that all blood donated between June 15 and July 31 will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors who test positive for antibodies will be notified, she said.
Tindy Henderson, an account representative with Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services, checks the temperature of Dawn Frazier, president of the Greater Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. All donors had to have their temperature taken and answer a series of questions related to COVID-19 before donating blood. Over two days, 134 pints of blood were collected, which could save up to 402 lives.