- Blood Drives (September, December, February, June)
- Dates: September 27, December 9, February 10, and June 9
- Time: 1-7 p.m.
- Locations: September and February – Christ Lutheran Church in Marine on St. Croix; and December and June – Scandia Community Center
- Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims; heart surgery and organ transplant patients; and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Facts (from the American Red Cross):
- Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
- Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.7 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
Because of the constant shortage of blood, the Scandia-Marine Lions Club hosts quarterly blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross.
Please consider donating blood at one of our blood drives. Your donation can help save up to three lives!