Could you please pass along important information to your listserv about an
upcoming blood drive on February 13, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom in Stamp
Student Union. We need this to reach students, staff, and anyone else that
can donate blood. I have attached a flyer, and information about the blood
drive if you can't send out a jpeg file. We appreciate your support, if you
have any questions feel free to contact me.

To donate:****

**1.       **Link to sign up for an appointment is: **

**2.       **You can call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) to schedule
your appointment****

**3.       **Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the blood drive****

*When:* Monday, February 13, 2012,  11 a.m. - 7 p.m.****

*Where:* Grand Ballroom in Stamp Student Union ****

Donors will receive an exclusive University of Maryland Terrapins "Are You
My Type?" t-shirt, a chance to win 2012-2013 men's basketball season
tickets, and a Mark Turgeon autographed basketball!****

*Basic Eligibility Requirements:*****

 16 years of age must present a signed Inova Blood Donor Services consent
form <>; 17
years of age can donate without consent****

 Must weigh at least 110 lbs****

 Must be feeling well and healthy****

 A valid photo ID is required****

 If donating platelets, you cannot have taken any aspirin or aspirin-based
products within 48 hours prior to donation****

*About Donating Blood & FAQs*****

*How do I prepare for my donation?* A few days before donating, eat
nutritious meals that contain iron-rich
The day before donation, drink plenty of fluids and get a good night's
sleep. The day of donation, drink non-caffeinated beverages such as water
or juice and do not skip any meals.****

*Will it hurt when I donate?* Most donors feel a slight "pinch" or "bee
sting" sensation when the needle is first inserted. Some even say that the
finger prick to check their iron level hurts more than the needle stick to
draw the blood. You do not feel theblood being drawn as you donate.****

*How long will it take?* The duration depends on the type of donation you
plan to give. In general:****

 Whole blood donation can take up to one hour****

 Platelet donation can take 90 - 120 minutes****

 Double red cell donation can take 80 - 100 minutes The duration will also
depend on how long it takes to complete the Medical History form and the
number of donors waiting to be seen. For these reasons, we encourage donors
to schedule appointments.****

*How will I feel after I donate?* Most donors report feeling fine after
giving blood. Some of our apheresis donors even report feeling better *after
* their donation! There are some instances in which donors can feel faint
or weak after a donation, but once replenished with juice/water and cookies
they report feeling much better! We highly encourage donors to remain in
our care for at least 10-15 minutes after donation, eat the refreshments
provided, refrain from strenuous activity for at least four (4) hours after
donating and inform their donor specialist if they do not feel well or are
experiencing pain or discomfort.****

*How much blood will you take?* Of the 10-12 pints of blood the average
person's body contains, we only draw *one* unit for a whole blood donation.
With apheresis donations, it will vary based on the customized donation.****

*Can I still donate if I have diabetes?* If your diabetes is under control
then yes, you can donate. For most medical conditions, please refer to
our Eligibility
contact our Donor Advocate at 571-434-3628.****

*Can I get HIV/AIDS or any other diseases from donating blood?* *No, you
cannot get HIV/AIDS or any other bloodborne or infectious diseases, such as
Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, from donating blood.* All of the equipment used
for our blooddonation process is sterile, single-use and disposable. We
discard all of these materials after they are used on each donor. There is
no danger of contracting any infectious disease by donating blood.