BCFPD Hosts Community Blood Drive

BCFPD Hosts Community Blood Drive

BCFPD Hosts Community Blood Drive

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On March 9, 2022

This weekend’s community blood drive hosted by the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) will help replenish depleted supplies of life-saving blood, plasma, and other blood products used by hospitals, paramedics, and area healthcare providers.

The event, co-sponsored by Vitalant, will take place Saturday, March 12th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at BCFPD Station 38 (22222 N Pepper Road, Lake Barrington).

To schedule an appointment, call 877-258-4825 or visit www.vitalant.org (use group code ORD0763A).  Walk-ins are welcome.  All donors must wear face coverings. 

Community members planning to give blood on March 12th should prepare accordingly:

  1. Enjoy a healthy, low-fat meal within two hours of your donation time.  Eat a salty snack the day before your appointment to help maintain healthy blood pressure (your body loses salt during blood donation).
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking 8 – 16 ounces of water one hour before you donate.
  3. Avoid or limit caffeinated sodas, coffee, tea, or energy drinks on the day of your donation. 

Did You Know?

  • One unit of donated blood can help up to three people.
  • There is a constant, critical need for new donations.  The shelf life for donated blood products is limited – ranging from five days (platelets) to one year (plasma). 
  • Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but fewer than 10% do so.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured.  It is only available through donor generosity.

Sources: BCFPD, Vitalant, American Red Cross

For more information on BCFPD operations and activities, visit their website (www.bcfpd.org), call
224-848-4800, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram

President Cecola at BCFPD’s 2021 Blood Drive