Two blood drives, 134 pints do­nated, 402 lives saved

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIKE URSERY murs­ery@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY MIKE URSERY

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.

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