Imagine giving someone the ultimate gift this Christmas – the gift of life. Your Encouraging PER is partnering with Virginia Blood Services to support local lives and celebrate the gift of Jesus, by giving the same gift He came to give us. With your help the PER family can reach our goal to collect 400 units of blood, enough to support one Central Virginia hospital for one day in Jesus name. Would you be one of 400 willing to give?

Here’s what your gift will do: 
Kyrie’s Story (heart disease): https://youtu.be/UAm5-4cz7zg

Iris’s Story (childhood Cancer): https://youtu.be/NMj6jC0eZ0w

 

To find a donation center near you click here. http://www.vablood.org/contact-us/donor-centers/
 
If you’ve tried to give before but weren’t able please keep this in mind:
 
  •  Even with allergies you can donate blood – Donors should know the names of any medications they may be taking that will be evaluated during screening.
  •  In Virginia, healthy adults who are at least 16 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days or every two months
  • About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
  • One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.
  • Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having a heart surgery need blood platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
  •  The rarest blood type is the one not on the shelf when it’s needed by a patient.
  • The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – take about an hour.
 
If you or someone you know has benefited from the gift of blood donation feel free to share your story with us here.