St. Pius X & Reynoldsburg Community Blood Drive: Partners in Saving Lives
The St. Pius X Reynoldsburg Community Blood Drive ministry, under the coordination of parishioner Walter Lee Brock, plays a role in saving lives by hosting regular blood drives throughout the year. For over 40 years, the ministry has conducted six blood drives a year.
Did you know that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood? Up to 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused every year in the U.S., with an average transfusion requiring three pints. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. Nearly 1.69 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 according to the American Cancer Society, and many of these patients will require blood during chemotherapy. Although we've made many medical and technological advancements, blood cannot be created artificially. It must come from human donors. Blood donation through drives assures that there is a ready, banked supply available for use during an emergency.
The St. Pius X Reynoldsburg Community Blood Drive ministry, under the coordination of parishioner Walter Lee Brock, plays a role in saving lives by hosting regular blood drives throughout the year. For over 40 years, the ministry has conducted six blood drives a year. At an average collection rate of 35 blood units per drive, the ministry has helped supply more than 8400 blood units. Many St. Pius X donors have donated over 50 units in their lifetime, and a few of our donors have donated over 100.
Banking blood originated in 1938-1940 when Dr. Charles Drew pioneered a method to dehydrate and reconstitute plasma, making blood easier to preserve, store and transport. Initial blood banks were directed to the treatment of injured military during wartime. The American Red Cross began its National Blood Donor Service in 1941 under the direction of Dr. Drew, collecting more than 13 million units of blood from 1941-1945 over the course of World War II. In 1948, the Red Cross expanded this donation model to serve civilians in need when it opened its first collection center in Rochester, New York.
Lee Brock has been a blood donor since 1950 and became involved with the blood drive at St. Pius X when his family moved from New York to the parish in 1964. "I joined the Knights of Columbus Fr. Andrew H. Hohman Council 5253 in October 1965 and, because I was familiar with the Red Cross blood program, I began the groundwork in 1967 to help us establish a blood donor program as one of our community activities. I was surprised that Reynoldsburg did not have a community bloodmobile in place at that time." When Lee and his family returned to the parish in 1972, following another work-related move, he found that his initial work had borne fruit: five local churches -- St. Pius X, Rosehill Church of Christ, Reynoldsburg United Methodist, Bethany Lutheran, and Messiah Lutheran -- had formed a community blood donor program. "St. Pius X did not have a chairman and, in 1975, when no one in the parish stepped forward in response to the need, the Knights of Columbus inquired of then-Pastor Essman if it could assume this responsibility, and we received his approval to do so."
St. Pius X continues its efforts to save lives through blood donation. On August 24, 2017, St. Pius X hosted the Reynoldsburg Community Blood Drive and registered 46 donors, including two first-time donors. It collected 44 pints of blood, exceeding its goal of 39 pints. For this outstanding effort in collecting 100% or more of its goal, our parish blood drive ministry was featured in the Red Cross' summer Sponsor Spotlight page.
Do you want to help us save lives? The next scheduled St. Pius X Blood Drive will be held October 26, 2017, from 1:00-6:00 PM at Church of the Redeemer United Methodist Church, 235 McNaughton Avenue, Columbus 43213. Please call 614-861-5137 to schedule your appointment.
Learn more about Red Cross blood donation at http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics