The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving
The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need.
A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
Patients like 6-year-old Ava King will continue to need transfusions critical to their care this holiday season. Ava has Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which impacts her body’s ability to produce enough red blood cells.
“We are so thankful for blood donors, because Ava relies on blood transfusions every month to stay alive and thrive,” said Ava’s mother, Tina King. “It’s truly a gift!”
By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Another way to help keep the blood supply strong this winter is to host a Red Cross blood drive in December, January or February. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Ohio Nov. 16-30:
11/26/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 1200 S. Main St.
11/29/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center, 525 S Main, McIntosh Center
11/19/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 W Lima Street
11/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175
11/19/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chevrolet of Ottawa, 1420 N. Perry
11/19/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Elida High School, 401 East North Street
11/29/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Allen East High School, 9105 Harding Highway
11/20/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Allen County Chapter House Lima, 610 S. Collett Street
11/16/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., New Knoxville High School, 345 South Main Street
11/19/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 130 N. Wayne Street
11/21/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., NOCAC – PATH Center, 1939 E. Second Street
11/27/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stykemain Buick GMC, 25124 Elliott Road
11/16/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Briarwood Village, 100 Don Desch Drive
11/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 2490 State Route 49
11/28/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 341 W. Main Street
11/23/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Antwerp Manor, 204 Archer Drive
Van Wert County
11/23/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Moose Lodge 1320, 740 West Ervin Rd
11/30/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Van Wert Manor, 160 Fox Rd
11/17/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center Street
11/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ck Tech, 1701 Magda Dr.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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