Looking for a meaningful New Year’s resolution? How about resolving to help others? It doesn’t take a lot of time, nor money. You may just save a life by donating blood or taking a class and becoming CPR certified.
There are several locations to donate blood close to your St. Charles apartments. Look for mobile donation centers, including those provided by the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross.
A few local drives include:
- Monday, Dec. 26 from 1:30-7pm at 3 Port Tobacco Road.
- Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 1-6pm at 3090 Crane Highway, Waldorf.
- Monday, Jan. 23 from 1-6pm at 6330 Crane Highway, La Plata.
Most anyone can give blood. You must be in good health, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum or 110 pounds. Before donating, make sure you get a goodnight’s sleep and eat a hearty meal, while drinking plenty of liquids. Do not go to donate, if you are not feeling well.
When you arrive, your vital signs will be checked. You will be asked a series of confidential questions, including what medication you may be taking. A drop of blood will be taken to check your iron level. If healthy enough to donate, it will take approximately 10 minutes, once the process begins. Afterward, you will be required to sit for a minimum of 15 minutes, while drinking fluids and eating a snack. Some people do get light-headed after donating, and you may get a bruise on your arm at the donation site.
First Aid & CPR Training
The local Red Cross Chapter also offers CPR classes at various locations in the area including an upcoming class for Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR in Waldorf on Thursday, Dec. 29 from 1-4pm. Students who complete the course will receive certification. Classes are also offered in Marlboro and Landover, as well as various locations in Virginia and Washington DC.
If you are looking for a new home in a Southern Maryland location with an easy commute to various cities in the region, be sure to stop by or give the St. Charles apartments a call – we have 15 communities in the area and no doubt, the right one for you.