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Donate Blood, Save a Life at LSC-Kingwood

LSC-Kingwood Blood DriveDonate blood and help save a life is a general motto for many medical and health care institutions. Each donation can help patients battle their illness.

To continue the goal of saving lives, Methodist Hospital and Lone Star College-Kingwood will host a blood drive at the college Feb. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center (PAC). No appointments are necessary; anyone can show up during those times to donate.

“The purpose of the blood drive is to provide life-saving blood to patients with blood disorders, surgical procedures, cancer, and many other conditions,” said Marie Camarata, kinesiology and nutrition professor at LSC-Kingwood.

Giving blood only takes 30 to 40 minutes and all eligible individuals are encouraged to participate. Blood donors are required to bring a personal photo ID (such as a state issued driver’s license or ID, passport, military ID, work ID, school ID, green card or work visa); be at least 17 years of age; weigh a minimum of 110 pounds; be hydrated prior to donating; eat a sensible meal four hours before; and be in good general health. Eligible donors will receive an infuser water bottle.

In the two-day blood drive, the goal is to collect at least 60 units. The blood will go to Methodist Hospital for testing and separation into three components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

“We feel that the drives are a wonderful way to help someone who is fighting a terrible disease,” Camarata said.

For more information on the blood drive contact Marie Camarata at 281-312-1705 or marie.camarata@lonestar.edu.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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