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Blood Bank of Alaska Life Mobile receives donations

KPC students, staff donate blood at Wednesday's blood drive

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 9:07pm  |  Updated: October 11, 2013 - 8:07am

A large blue and red motor home was parked at the Kenai Peninsula College residency hall Wednesday. As the power source was humming outside, three people inside were donating blood to help fellow Alaskans.

Kenai Peninsula College hosted a blood drive Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the KPC Dorm Parking lot at 949 East Poppy Lane.

The Blood Bank of Alaska Life Mobile traveled from Anchorage to get donations of all blood types that will be used throughout the state.

Julia Johnson, medical receptionist with the KPC Student Health Clinic, said 67 staff, students and community members signed up to donate before Wednesday and several walk-in donors also participated.

“It is a great way for the college to give back to the community,” Johnson said. “It is also a great way for students to get involved.”

Johnson said Wednesday’s date was set last spring and she was glad to see so many willing to help. Wednesday’s event was the first blood drive through the KPC Student Health Clinic and she hopes there will be more in the future.

“We are hoping it will become an annual or semi-annual event,” she said. “Blood donation is a huge thing. One in three Americans will need a blood transfusion.”

According to the Blood Bank of Alaska’s website, donated blood goes to 21 hospitals across the state. The Blood Bank of Alaska collects more than 20,000 units each year.

Inside the Life Mobile, the space is designated into rooms for screening, areas for technicians and the middle area for donors to sit back, put their feet up and help Alaskans in need with their donations while looking out the windows and relaxing.

But before donors gets to sit in the donor seat, they must go through the screening, questions and a check of blood pressure, temperature and Hematocrit blood test.

While many will go through the screening process, not all will leave having donated. But Johnson said it is worth the effort.

“It is a little more complicated than just walking in,” Johnson said.

Donors also need to make sure they sleep well the night before, eat a well-balanced breakfast and drink plenty of water before the process begins. Identification is also required by those wanting to donate.

“Those are the typical things you do to take care of your body,” she said.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday the Life Mobile had collected 28 donations from KPC students, staff and other community members.

“It has been very successful,” Johnson said.


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907nomad 10/10/13 - 03:37 am

I before E except after C

aknativewoman 10/10/13 - 05:49 pm
Still can't spell?

"Blood Bank of Alaska Life Mobile recieves donations" - what's the rule . . . "i before e except after c or when sounding like a as in neighbor or weigh."

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/11/13 - 08:53 am
Yepper! I was at a TOTAL LOSS

Yepper! I was at a TOTAL LOSS of what this article was about due to a simple spelling error.
Not really, as I took the test where all the letters are changed around other than the first and last and could read it just as fast as correct spelled words.
It's said that the mind is a wonderful thing and capable of COMPREHINSION of even misspelled words.
What a shame this article on giving blood to help save lives reduced to a spelling lesson.
I don't care about AN OCCASIONAL misspelled words, but, I'm not perfect, or smart enough to know any better seeing as I misspell continually and am always looking in the dictionary so as to not incur the wrath of you SPELLCHECKERS WHO TOTALLY MISS THE MESSAGE.
Very sad.
Revised comment as I realize I did go off topic slightly my self last night.

907nomad 10/11/13 - 12:26 am

You must be one of those people who think that the Common Core education principles will work. As long as it's close, it's ok? NO. Have you read how kids spell these days? Have you seen their total lack of grammar and punctuation? Sadly, most of these kids (and apparently adults) think nothing is wrong with it. Why not use our local media as good examples in correct spelling and sentence structure or hold them to a higher standard as perveyors of the English language and the written word. Let's hope nobody read that misspelled word and thought, "Oh that's how you spell that word.'' Let's not let our future generations continue to come across as lackwitted, unintelligible, illiterate, and seemingly uneducated. It won't help them get into college, find a decent job or be regarded as smart contributors to society. It starts small like I before E, but can snowball into the collapse of civilization.......
And by the way, I did understand the topic of the article. I did not miss the message, and I do regularily give blood. The fact that you took one small comment at the end of the article, and turned it into a soapbox rant about other's judgments, says far more about your superiority complex than mine.

Media Critic
Media Critic 10/11/13 - 08:19 am
Journalism 101

A newspaper that can't be trusted with the simple stuff can't be trusted with the facts. And to think they're expecting people to pay for this?

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/11/13 - 08:49 am
907nomad sorry I did kind of

907nomad sorry I did kind of go off there.
YES! Is the answer on todays youth in EVERY AREA OF EDUCATIONS FAILURE.
Kids today are so social media or electronically handy caped that they are at a total loss at spelling or math, with absolutely no idea of True History. Many jobs held by todays youth demand electricity or no services would be given or economic transactions would either for those services.
Very Sad this electronic dependent socially illiterate society we have become.
Giving blood is a life saving measure for many, I don't give as I ought and this is a reminder of my need to restart. I for one did not realize this was going on due to some lack of information on this social event.
Thanks for the truth of where we are with our most important commodity, our youth who follow the leader who pushes this type of life style non stop. As history shows capture the youth and you capture the nation.
I understand ignorance as I am the worlds worst at any spelling of punctuation due to continually moving and attending 13 schools, I ALMOST graduated thanks to sports after refusing to move on again when my parents did so my Junior yr.
It is said some where that Life is in the Blood and with out the True Acceptable Blood there is no Life, so Blood is very important thing to give for the Saving of life. Keep Giving.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/11/13 - 12:49 pm
Spellings Corrected with out

Spellings Corrected with out much harm being done for this article due to a typo, if all such errors were as easily fixed.
Take for instance the Vatican's typo on a medal printed by the Thousands to commemorate Pope Francis' first year.
It seems that the Vatican misspelled Jesus by spelling his name with Lesus. I suppose this will result in many unwilling to trust or support the Church now, according to some due to this typo.
The misspelling of Jesus' name is no way to treat some one who gave his Blood in order to save all that would accept his Blood Freely for Life. It was corrected, both spelling errors and on we go in this imperfect world that demands perfection from all, while self excluded our own imperfections in most cases though.

mariah0112 10/13/13 - 12:55 pm
Great Article

OMG! .

jlmh 10/14/13 - 08:38 pm

Regularily? 907Nomad, you give blood regularily? What happens if someone reads your sentence and thinks, "Oh, that is how you spell that word." :)

It's "regularly." And since your phrase "other's judgments" is plural, the apostrophe really should be moved to the other side of the S.

The only thing more annoying than misspellings in journalism is misspellings in posts about spelling.

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