POSTED: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 10:45am
Baton Rouge, La — Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, December 11 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
The blood drive is part of Remington College's 3 Lives campaign, an effort to increase the number of minority blood donors.
3 Lives and the need for minority blood donors
Remington College has partnered with America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) to raise awareness of the need for minority blood donors. The 3 Lives effort has collected more than 5,000 pints of blood since it began and ABC named Remington College as its 2011 National Partner of the Year.
According to the SCDAA, African American blood donors provide blood with unique antigens that is vital for people battling sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases. For patients requiring frequent transfusions, it's best for them to receive blood that closely matches their own.
3 Lives spokesperson relies on life-saving blood transfusions
Singer AJ Green, spokesperson for the 3 Lives campaign, has been battling sickle cell disease for most of his life. His treatment includes monthly blood transfusions.
"My goal is to get more people of color to become regular blood donors," said Green. "Minority donors allow me and other sickle cell patients to manage our disease and live our lives."
Important tips for blood donors
About 10 percent of people attending a blood drive will not be able to donate because their hemoglobin levels are too low - but that can usually be avoided. Donors are encouraged to add some iron-rich foods to their diet a day or so before giving blood. Good sources of iron include meat, dried beans, peas, bread, pasta, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits or nuts.
Blood collected benefits the local community
While the primary goal of the 3 Lives campaign is to recruit minority donors, everyone is encouraged to attend the drive and donate blood. All the blood collected will be used to help people in the Baton Rouge area.
Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus is located at 10551 Coursey Blvd. in Baton Rouge.
For more information, call 1-800-448-6405 or visit www.3Lives.com