Blood, needles, filling out forms — we get it, that’s not anyone’s idea of a fun Sunday. But when the American Red Cross Blood Drive comes to Village on the Parkway on July 28, your few minutes of discomfort could help save lives!
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Every. Two. Seconds. Can you believe that? Unfortunately, blood donations are provided by just 3 percent of people in the country. Your blood donation could help children battling cancer, people in accidents and others to save their lives.
To donate, you simply need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license (or two other forms of identification) and check-in. Individuals who are 17-years-old and older, weigh at least 110 pounds (there may be different weight requirements for those under 18), and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. In addition, you can save time at your donation by using the RapidPass to complete a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of the donation, before arriving. Sign up online here or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
The blood drive at Village on the Parkway will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Participants can walk up and wait in line, make an appointment online or call 1-800-REDCROSS to schedule your appointment.
After you’ve endured the pain (it’s really not that bad, I promise!), reward yourself by going next door to Snooze an A.M. Eatery. This amazing brunch place is open every day from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Try their sweet Peachy Keen Cakes, which are buttermilk pancakes served with caramelized peaches and topped with house-made vanilla creme, raspberry mascarpone, almond streusel and a bruleed peach, or their BRAVOcado Toast, which is rustic bread toasted with garlic oil and topped with smashed avocado, red onion honey jam, roasted tomato, citronette, Parmesan dressed greens and two cage-free, sunny side up eggs. Wash it down with a sparkling mimosa, Bloody Mary or a delicious breakfast cocktail.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. Learn more about this nonprofit organization, sign up to volunteer or discover upcoming blood drives on their website.
It turns out, there is no better way to spend a Sunday than donating blood, indulging in a heavenly meal and walking around the beautiful Village on the Parkway!