Central Christian Church, located at 206 W. Central Ave., will be host to a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4.

The American Red Cross will be on hand to handle the blood donations. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767.

The blood will be delivered to a Red Cross blood laboratory, where it is processed into several components, including red blood cells, plasma and platelets. A single blood donation thus might help up to three different people.

Donating blood is a safe process. Each donor’s blood is collected through a new, sterile needle that is used once and then discarded.

Although most people feel fine after donating blood, a small number of people might feel lightheaded or dizzy, have an upset stomach, or experience a bruise or pain where the needle was inserted. Loss of consciousness, nerve damage or artery damage occur extremely rarely.

Blood donations are tested for the following:

  • ABO and Rh blood types;
  • Unexpected red blood cell antibodies that are a result of prior transfusion, pregnancy or other factors;
  • Hepatitis B surface antigen, indicating a current infection (hepatitis) or carrier state for hepatitis B virus;
  • Antibody to hepatitis B core antigen, indicator of a present or past infection with the hepatitis B virus;
  • Antibody to hepatitis C virus, indicating a current or past infection with hepatitis C virus (most common cause of non-A/non-B hepatitis);
  • Antibody to HTLV-I/II, indicator of infection with a virus that may cause adult T-cell leukemia or neurological disease;
  • Antibody to HIV-1/2, indicator of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
  • Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) for hepatitis C (HCV), hepatitis B (HBV) and HIV;
  • Screening test for antibodies to syphilis;
  • NAT for West Nile Virus (WNV);
  • Enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) test for Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas Disease).

In addition, all platelet apheresis donations are tested for bacterial contamination.