A total of 146 individuals came to donate blood and 103 pints were collected at the July 9 Clay County Community Blood Drive, hosted by the Clay County Purdue Extension Office. The 43 deferred individuals is higher than what would be expected for a blood drive but characteristic of the heat on Friday.
Low iron levels, which decrease the blood supply, are another factor for deferral in summer. Most people drink more tea during the summer and tea suppresses iron levels in the blood.
Ribeye steak sandwich lunches were served to all participants to replenish minerals like iron and nutrients given by donors. Parke County REMC, UDWI, REMC and WTHI/ HI-99 sponsored the lunch, which was prepared by the Clay County Beef Cattle Association. The association donated time and equipment to prepare the ribeye sandwiches with chips, cookies and drinks.
Darrell, Becky and Josh Butt, Laura McCarty, and Janette Ledgerwood prepared the lunches.
Along with the lunch every donor received a free "Beefin' Up the Blood Supply" T-shirt. Lucky participants in the drive randomly received prizes from Parke County REMC, like caps and 60-minute calling cards.
The blood will be used at 46 hospitals in central and southern Indiana, including St. Vincent-Clay and hospitals in neighboring Greene, Morgan, Putnam and Vigo counties. Summer is a critical time for blood supplies as there is greater need and fewer donors when schools are out of session. If you would like to partner with the Clay County Purdue Extension office to sponsor a future blood drive, give the office a call at 448-9041.