Annual Agudas Achim Congregation (AAC) Community Blood Drive; May 15th

    Date(s) - 05/15/2019
    4:15 pm - 8:15 pm

    Agudas Achim Congregation

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    The Annual Agudas Achim Congregation (AAC) Community Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, May 15th.  Appointments are available from 4:15 to 8:15 pm.  This year, the INOVA Blood Mobile will be located in the synagogue’s south parking lot at 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA.  You may make your appointment online at or call Inova at 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372).

    General facts about blood donation:

    • A person who donates blood burns about 650 calories with every pint donated.
    • Blood has four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
    • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.  That means in days prior to the accident, at least 100 donors took an hour out of their busy lives to donate blood.  After blood is donated, it goes through a rigorous testing process and is shipped to area hospitals so the blood is on the shelf ready to be transfused for any patient in need.
    • One in seven people entering the hospital needs blood.
    • The average adult has 10 pints of blood in their body. During the blood donation process a person donates approximately 1 pint.
    • Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood.  Inova Blood Donor Services works to collect, test, and safeguard more than 250 units of blood a day to ensure a safe, steady supply for you and your loved ones. There is no substitute for human blood. It can only come from a volunteer blood donor.  38% of the population is eligible to donate, but less than 5% actually do.
    Donation Methods:
    • Whole Blood – eligible every 56 days (products have a shelf life of 42 days)
    • Double Reds – eligible every 112 days (products have a shelf life of 42 days)
    • Platelets – eligible every 14, days (product shelf life is 5 days)
    • Plasma – eligible every 28 days (product shelf life is 1 year)
    • Approximately 70% of our blood inventory is collected on a mobile blood drive
    • Age to donate:  Need to be at least 16 years of age and 110 lbs.
    • Rarest blood type = One we don’t have on the shelf when needed.
    • 38% of population is O+, 34% is A+, 9% is B+, 7% is O-, 6% is A-, 3% is B-,  and 1% is AB-.
    Eligibility Questions?:
    Pat Freeman can be reached at with any specific questions to let donors know if they are safe to proceed with their donation prior to the event date.  Other information can be located at our website at
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