Give a pint of blood and get a pint of premium ice cream!
AACI is hosting another blood drive at our Jerusalem – Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center on Sunday, March 25, 2012, from 17:00-19:30 (5-7:30 PM) — and we’re inviting you! Your donation can literally be the gift of life for an ill or injured person.
All AACI members benefit from blood insurance in case of need.
However, even if you are not (yet) a member, donating blood in Israel also entitles you and your immediate family to blood insurance for one year.
Donors have the option of allocating blood to be used specifically for a friend.
And, to top it all off, courtesy of an anonymous benefactor, we will be giving a free pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to every blood donor. Sweet!
Who Can Donate
Every healthy individual between the ages of 17 and 70, male or female, Israeli resident or tourist, is a potential donor. The following conditions apply:
- If you are between 17 and 18 years old, you need written parental permission.
- If you are over 65, you will require a doctor’s note stating that you are in good health and able to donate blood. Above the age of 70, no one may not donate blood in Israel.
- You must weigh over 50 kilos (110 lbs).
- If you are pregnant, or have given birth in the past six months, you must wait to give blood. Nursing mothers of babies over 6 months old are permitted to donate.
- You may give blood once every 90 days.
- If you are ill with a fever, runny nose, cold sore, upset stomach and/or cough – wait until you have recovered. This also applies if you are currently taking antibiotics or have finished within past 3 days. Someone with diabetes should consult the MDA staff; if you are taking insulin shots, you may not donate. If you have a heart condition, malignant diseases, or any one of certain genetic diseases, or if you have a family history of some of these diseases, you are not permitted to give blood. Someone who has had cancer unfortunately may never donate.
You are not permitted to donate if:
- Your iron levels are currently too low; the blood donation technician will give every potential donor a hemoglobin test.
- You are taking certain medications. Inform the technician of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic or other natural remedies, or dietary supplements you have used recently.
- You have had any piercing, electrolysis, permanent make-up or tattoos, or have been exposed to a used needle in the last six months.
- You have had certain types of dental work within the last 3 days.
- You plan to fly or scuba dive within 24 hours of donating blood.
- You spent a total of 6 months or more in Great Britain between1980 and 1996, had an operation, or received a blood transfusion there. Some restrictions may apply if you have lived in Ireland or Portugal.
- You were born or lived for more than a year since 1977 in an area where HIV is widespread (Africa, Southeast Asia, Caribbean Islands), are at risk for carrying, or may have been exposed to HIV.
Advance preparation will help make your experience of giving blood a positive one.
Drink plenty of fluids in the 24 hours prior to donating, and have a light meal 3 hours before. Avoid caffeinated beverages and fatty foods. Eating things like spinach, whole grains, egg yolks and beef in the days before your donation will help to ensure that you have high levels of iron in your blood.
Bring your teudat zehut or passport for identification.
Answer all questions from the Magen David Adom personnel honestly. You will be given a form to fill out to determine your eligibility (see conditions above); don’t be shy to report all information accurately and to ask the attendant for help if you are not sure how to respond.
Allow plenty of time for the pre-screening, the donation itself and a period of rest and recuperation afterwards. Don’t plan on any strenuous activity for several hours following your donation.
Making A Difference
According to MDA, about 1000 Israelis give blood every year – a higher percentage of our population than in the US! Donors give an average of 1.3 times per year, with 3 times as many male donors. (Females have a higher tendency to anemia and thus may not make it through the hemoglobin screening.)
Help make a difference! Come to the AACI Blood Drive.
AACI BLOOD DRIVE
SUNDAY, MARCH 25 17:00-19:30 (5-7:30 PM)
AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
For more information, please call (02)566-1181.