In loving memory of Matthew Schreindorfer
During this beautiful season, why not make a blood donation to help those in need of a blood transfusion regain their health.
Twin Oaks Elementary School invites you to the blood drive, in loving memory of Matthew Schreindorfer.
When: Monday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: In the school Large Gymnasium, located at 700 Lisane Street in Laval.
We would like to get an idea of how many donors will be present the day of the blood drive. Please fill out the below form if you are planning on donating or volunteering.
Donor form / Formulaire:
In Québec, someone needs blood every 80 seconds. The collective blood supply belongs to all. Regardless of where the blood is collected, it is processed and tested, and then sent wherever it is necessary to contribute to saving lives. Every day, Héma- Québec must collect at least 1,000 blood donations to meet all the needs of Québec hospitals. The day of the drive, you can decide to give whole blood, platelets or plasma (whole blood being the shortest donation – roughly 15 minutes).
Who can donate?
Any healthy person aged 18 and over can generally donate blood.
Donors who escaped the winter cold this year by spending a few days in the hot sand are invited to check if their destination is considered at risk for malaria, zika virus or other similar viruses. Before going to a blood drive, you can verify your eligibility by contacting Donor services at 1 800 847-2525 or by visiting the Héma-Québec Web site at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca, under BLOOD > DONORS > Who Can Donate?
Héma-Québec’s mission is to efficiently meet the needs of the Québec population for safe, optimal-quality blood and blood products, human tissues, cord blood, mother’s milk and cellular products; and to develop and provide expertise and specialized, innovative services in the field of human biological products.
Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300employees, over 300,000donor visits to blood drives per year, 16,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 blood products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to meet the needs of patients.
Before your donation:
It might be a good idea to remind donors of what they can do/eat in the days prior to the event, especially for the new donors (like me) and what to expect?
- Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereal and raisins.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.
- Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. (Fatty foods can affect the tests we do on your blood. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.)
- If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.
- Remember to bring your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID.
During your donation:
- Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
- Let the person taking your blood know if you have a preferred arm and show them any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
- Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
- Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.