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3 Easy Steps to Becoming a Red Cross Summer Blood Donor

(June 13, 2017) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.

 

3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 13, 2017) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.

 

1.    Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

2.    Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.

3.    Give – The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

 

Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.

 

Patients like Anna Schuster might not be here without generous volunteer blood donors. Doctors gave Schuster a 1 percent chance of survival after a collision with a semitrailer. During the first 12 hours after her accident, she received 65 units of blood. Schuster’s road to recovery has been long – 58 surgeries in the 12 years since her accident, including four in the past 14 months, with many of them requiring more blood transfusions. Every day there are thousands of patients like Schuster who rely on lifesaving blood donations. That’s why donors are urged to give now and give often.

 

In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day on June 14 by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.

 

When you come to give in the Central Ohio Blood Services Region now through August 31 you will receive a buy one get one free entry coupon to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and be entered to win a drawing for four tickets to Zoombezi Bay. In addition, everyone who comes to donate now through September 4 can receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer. Learn more at redcrossblood.org/cedarfair.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Athens County

 

Athens

6/16/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., West Union St. Office Center, 160 W. Union Street

6/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Laurels of Athens, 70 Columbus Circle

6/20/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

6/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walter Hall, OU-Walter Hall, Corner Richland and South Green Dr.

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May St.

7/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May St.

 

Glouster

6/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

7/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Church of the Nazarene, 15275 St. Rt. 691

 

The Plains

6/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

7/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Plains Fire Department, 29 Connett Road

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Clark County

 

Springfield

6/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross - Springfield, 1830 North Limestone Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

7/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut St

7/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

 

Walhonding

7/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Baltimore

6/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baltimore VFW, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Carroll

7/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Carroll Lions Club, 75 Center Street

 

Lancaster

6/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., SAM FM 98.3 Summer Blood Dr at Knights of Columbus - Lancaster, 343 E. Walnut St.

6/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pleasant Twp. Fire Dept., 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE

7/1/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church Lancaster, 1950 Pleasantville Road

7/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

7/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

7/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

 

Lithopolis

7/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

6/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pickerington Central High School, 300 Opportunity Way

6/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

7/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

7/13/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Violet Twp. Fire Dept., 8700 Refugee Rd.

7/13/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Violet Twp. Fire Dept., 8700 Refugee Rd.

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Fayette County

 

Washington CH

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave, Medical Arts Building 2

 

Washington Court House

6/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Family Farm & Home, 2100 Columbus Ave.

7/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Greene County

 

Xenia

6/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

7/1/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stop Nine Church, Stop Nine Church of Christ, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

6/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

7/11/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

7/11/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Guernsey County Department of Job & Family Services, 324 Highland Ave

7/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

7/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

 

Cumberland

7/5/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

6/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 126 Fair Street

 

Senecaville

6/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Senecaville Community Blood Drive, Robert T Secrest Senior Center, 201 High Street

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

7/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

 

Freeport

6/27/2017: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

6/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

7/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Area Life Squad, 640 North Washington St.

 

Hillsboro

6/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 231 Harry Sauner Rd

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Hocking County

 

Logan

7/8/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374

7/9/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6935 Twp Rd. 234

7/11/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

 

Etna

6/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

7/1/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2468 Granville Newark Road

 

Heath

7/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

7/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heath Fire Department, 193 Heath Road

 

Hebron

7/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Johnstown

6/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

6/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/17/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bible Baptist Church, 50 Price Road

6/19/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., StoneCreek Dental Care, 233 North 21st Street

6/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 East Main Street

6/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, 1200 West Church Street

6/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

6/30/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/9/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

7/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Utica

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

6/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Park Avenue Medical Building, 55 Park Avenue

6/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., London Strawberry Festival, P.O Box 434

6/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Buckeye Ford, 110 U.S. Route 42

7/14/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street

 

Plain City

6/24/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

 

West Jefferson

6/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Dresden

6/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

 

Duncan Falls

6/20/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

 

Frazeysburg

7/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Bible Church, Community Bible Church, 195 West 2nd Street

 

New Concord

6/30/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., John Glenn HS, 13115 John Glenn School Road

 

Zanesville

6/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/27/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street

7/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., PCC Airfoils, 101 China St.

 

New Lexington

6/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

7/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Perry County District Library, 117 South Jackson Street

 

Somerset

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

6/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

6/16/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bainbridge Produce Auction, 4053 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

6/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., VA Medical Center, 17273 St. Rt 104, Building 9

6/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

6/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

6/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walnut Street United Methodist Church, 16 S. Walnut St.

6/28/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

7/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Mary's Family Life Center, 40 E. 4th Street

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

6/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Source of NCT, 21704 Township Rd 257

7/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

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Vinton County

 

McArthur

7/5/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Vinton County Community, 401 Veterans Memorial Dr.

 

 

 

How to help

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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Upcoming Events
PERRY COUNTY FAIR Jul 21, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 AM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 State Route 37 East, New Lexington OH 43764
American Red Cross Blood Drive Jul 22, 2017 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM — American Legion Hall - 110 Logan St., Junction City, OH 43748
PERRY COUNTY FAIR Jul 22, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 AM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 State Route 37 East, New Lexington OH 43764
Art & Music in the Park at Buckeye Lake Jul 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 07:00 PM — 5200 Walnut Rd, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008
American Red Cross Blood Drive Jul 25, 2017 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM — New Straitsville United Methodist Church - 101 Clark St., New Straitsville, OH 43766
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