‘Power Red Donation’ at blood drive

Graafschap Fire Department station site of third Red Cross event.
Dan Dirkse of Holland makes a “Power Red Donation” at the Graafschap Fire Department, 4543 60th St., on Thursday, Feb. 29, during a Red Cross blood drive.

Dan Dirkse of Holland knows the routine for blood donations. The donation on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Graafschap Fire Department station was his 99th.

“I’ve just always given,” he said as the American Red Cross technician connected him for a double red cell donation, what the Red Cross calls a “Power Red Donation.”

During a Power Red donation, a person gives a concentrated dose of red cells, the part of blood used every day for those needing transfusions as part of their care, according to the American Red Cross website. This type of donation uses an automated process that separates the donor’s red blood cells from the other blood components, and then safely and comfortably returns the plasma and platelets to the donor. The process uses a special machine to allow someone to donate two units of red blood cells during one donation.

Dan Dirkse of Holland makes a “Power Red Donation” at the Graafschap Fire Department, 4543 60th St., on Thursday, Feb. 29, during a Red Cross blood drive.
Maddie Dapprich of the American Red Cross assists Louis DeMaagd of Holland with a blood donation at the Graafschap Fire Department, 4543 60th St., on Thursday, Feb. 29, during a Red Cross blood drive.

Across the room at the fire station, 4534 60th St., Maddie Dapprich of the Red Cross talked with Louis DeMaagd of Holland.

When asked why he continues to donate, DeMaagd responded, “Why not?”

This is the third time the American Red Cross has hosted an event at the fire station. The next blood drive at the fire station is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30.

The American Red Cross hosted a blood donation event at the Graafschap Fire Department, 4543 60th St., on Thursday, Feb. 29. This is the third time the American Red Cross has had an event at the fire station. The next blood drive at the fire station is 10 a.m.

Community programs

The Graafschap Fire Department has several community outreach programs.

The department has free weekly blood pressure checks at the facility from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

The department is also engaged in Community Risk Reduction, providing home safety inspections and an expanded smoke/carbon monoxide detector program.

Reflective address signs are made in-house by Graafschap Fire Department retirees. The signs are usually ready for pick up at the fire station after two business days of receiving the order – and the $20 cost is paid at the time of pick-up.

The signs can also be ordered here.

For more information, call the fire department at (616) 396-4060 or visit here.