By Stacy Sanning, Blood Donor Recruiter and Public Affairs Officer, Landstuhl, Germany
LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany – The Grafenwoehr Military Community is invited to take an hour out of their day to provide life-saving blood support at the Armed Services Blood Program blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Tower Barracks Fitness Center.
An additional blood drive is scheduled Dec. 3 at Hohenfels in Bldg. 24, the former dining facility, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well.
All of the blood the ASBP collects stays within the military community, going to Dept. of Defense military treatment facilities overseas to care for patients, as well as to warfighters in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, including the Special Operations community. They take donated blood products out on real-world missions and to live-fire exercises in case of medical emergencies. Because blood products expire, there is a constant need for new donations to replenish blood inventories.
Blood Donor Eligibility
“Blood is vital to saving lives, and often people don’t think about it until there is a need,” said Air Force Capt. Nyree Watts, Chief of the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Europe. “If we wait for the emergency, it’s too late. We need to have blood ready on hospital shelves and in austere environments with the warfighters. It’s our responsibility to ensure that we have FDA-licensed blood products ready before the emergency happens to increase chances of survival. We can’t push that responsibility off on our host nations; therefore, when our military community needs blood, we make sure we have it ready for them.”
Donors can save time and “skip the line” of walk-in donors by scheduling an appointment online at www.militarydonor.com, search by Sponsor Code: Bavaria. Appointments not only save donors time, but also tell the blood drive team how many people and supplies to bring. If an appointment time cannot be kept, donors are always welcome to stop by any time during the blood drive.
“The ASBP team travels all over Europe to conduct blood drives, so we especially appreciate our local supporters, the Grafenwoehr American Red Cross team, who coordinate blood drives, get volunteers to help out, spread the word throughout the community and encourage donors to sign up for appointments online,” said Watts. “Our ASBP blood drives in Grafenwoehr are successful thanks to their hard work.”