MUSCODA - It was a semi-momentous occasion Tuesday, June 21 when the Muscoda Community Blood Drive was able to return to the long standing pre-covid tradition of serving egg salad and turkey sandwiches and homemade baked goods to donors! The drive collected a total of 61 units of blood.
The Muscoda Community Blood Drive was recognized as a premier blood partner and presented with a certificate of 328 units collected in 2021. Each year the American Red Cross delivers nearly 6.4 million blood products to hospital patients and our blood drive is a part of that lifesaving mission.
In honor of the new film, Elvis, all donors at the June 21st drive are automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland, including a three-night stay at The Guest House, a custom-wrapped Gibson Epiphone guitar and more! Plus, the Red Cross will send them a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.
Special thanks to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for being the first group back to serve refreshments: Jerilynn Aardahl, Lenor and Dana Wilke, Ruth West, Laura Fagle, and Vickie Myers. Bars were provided by: Dawn Dahms, Karen Degenheart, Lenor Wilke, Karen Ernst, Laura Fagle, Ruth West, and Vickie Myers. Madison Couey, Kennedy Couey, Curt Heise, Jacquie Schmaedick, and Kate Frazier volunteered to register donors. As always, we are grateful to St. Vincent de Paul of Muscoda for generously funding sandwiches and coffee for our donors and St. John’s Catholic Church for opening their gym to host these drives comfortably and safely.
Appointments are still encouraged to keep the donation process as safe and efficient as possible. Walk-ins are gladly accepted whenever possible. The next Muscoda Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, August 30th from 11:30am - 5:30pm at St. John’s Catholic Church, is ready for scheduling now! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Can they count on you?To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent in WI), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. To help ensure a pleasant and successful donation experience, please drink an extra 16 ounces of water and fluids before donating and be sure to get a good night’s sleep before hand. You may still donate blood after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine is important in determining your blood donation eligibility.