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Attention, UCUC Blood Donor Champs! 

The Bloodmobile will be in the Sprouts Marketplace, Governor Drive parking lot on  Saturday, January 12th, 2019 from 8:00 am — 1:30 pm

Whether you’re a new donor or an “old hand”, here are a few things to keep in mind.  You may sign up in advance at www.mysdbb.org.  Or, you may pop in after you get your triple-shot latte at Starbucks.  The best times for walk-ins are usually between 10 and 1.  Be sure to eat your “beans and greens” in the days before so you are good and healthy.  Otherwise, here are a few reasons you should skip the Blood Drive this time: illness, medication including antibiotics, iron deficiency, or recent travel to a foreign country. Once you donate, remember that your body will be down a pint of your life-giving fluid for about a day.  Drink plenty of water before and after giving and stay relaxed (no strenuous workouts). For those who may be interested, you may “double up’ by giving the same one pint but twice as many red blood cells are extracted.  This takes about 15 minutes longer and you must meet certain weight requirements.   Also, you must wait sixteen weeks for your next giving opportunity instead of the usual eight.  And even though you are giving only one pint, it still counts as two toward earning your ten-gallon hat.  See you there!