One of St. Stephen’s most vital outreach ministries — one that literally saves lives — is our blood donation program. In coordination with Inova Blood Donor Services, St. Stephen’s conducts three blood drives a year: January, May, and September.
Unfortunately, the need for blood is constant — every two seconds, someone in our community requires a blood transfusion. Inova Blood Donor Services collects over 200 units of blood every day, supplying blood to 15 different hospitals in Northern Virginia and the greater D.C. metro area. Sixty to seventy per cent of this blood comes from local blood drives.
While St. Stephen’s has been conducting blood drives for many years, starting in the 1980s, accurate data from our earliest years are not available. However, there are good numbers since 2002:
Number of drives: 35
Total number of units collected: 1478
Average number of units collected per drive: 42
Most units collected at one drive: 52 (January 2010)
There is no substitute for blood. It can only come from one place: a volunteer blood donor. Please consider becoming a part of this important, life-saving ministry… and look for more information about St. Stephen’s next blood drive in the September Scroll.