Bucyrus Science Club hosting blood drive Sept 27

The Bucyrus High School Science Club will host a blood drive from 7:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium Thursday, September 27. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of more than 120 blood drives throughout the Southeastern United States, resulting in over 3,800 blood and platelet units going uncollected. More cancellations are expected in the coming weeks.

Through their national inventory system, the Red Cross has the ability to distribute blood around the country wherever and whenever it is needed most. The impact of Florence makes blood collection in unaffected regions like Ohio even more critical.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or photo ID are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age or 16 with parental consent weigh at least 110 pounds and are in 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.

“The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations and we are happy to help,” Science Club advisor Pat Hargis said. “This is the first blood drive of the year, and we (science club) hope the students and community will help us reach our year long goal to help the Red Cross.”

If you would like to be a donor, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information use the sponsor code “bucyrushs.” Walk-ins are welcome. You can make a difference. Help save a life!