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Be a holiday hero – give the gift of life!

Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice.

 

Be a holiday hero – give the gift of life!

Be a holiday hero – give the gift of life

Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations

 

(Dec. 17, 2018) — Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice.

 

In November 2016, a 100-foot maple tree fell on Mike McMahon, causing life-threatening injuries. He needed 11 units of blood during emergency surgery and another seven units to treat complications after. Six weeks following the accident, McMahon was released from the hospital – just in time to spend the holidays with his family.

 

“I’m grateful for the donors who gave me such an amazing gift – the gift of life,” said McMahon. “I was an occasional blood donor before the accident. Today, I donate as often as I can to help ensure others receive blood when they need it most.”

 

Now is an important time to give blood. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors become busy with family gatherings and travel. In addition, severe winter weather can cause blood drive cancellations and negatively affect the blood supply. Patients like McMahon can’t afford for there to be a shortage of blood.

 

The Red Cross supports patients at more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide and 41 hositpals in the Central Ohio Blood Services Region.

 

Give the gift of life – 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).

 

As a special thank-you for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give Dec. 20 through Jan. 6 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 20-Jan. 15:

Perry County

 

Corning

12/27/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hemlock Community Church, 8860 Main St. SE

 

New Lexington

12/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

1/9/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Lex CCCU, 700 Center St

 

New Straitsville

12/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

12/20/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Athens County

 

Athens

12/20/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

12/22/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

12/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

12/30/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lowe's, 983 E. State St.

1/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Appalachian Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive

 

Nelsonville

12/20/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 205 W. Columbus Street

 

The Plains

1/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 49 Connett Rd

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Clark County

 

Springfield

1/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Global Impact STEM Academy, 700 S Limestone Street St. B

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

12/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

1/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

1/8/2019: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., RHDD, 1517 Chestnut Street

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Fairfield County

 

Lancaster

12/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

12/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

12/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

12/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pleasant Twp. Fire Dept., 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE

12/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Natural Remedies Massage, 323 S. Broad St.

12/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., SAM FM 98.3 Holiday Blood Drive - Knights of Columbus - Lancaster, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/29/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lancaster Moose Lodge 955, 1201 Sugar Grove Road

1/7/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

1/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

1/10/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

1/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fisher Catholic High School, 1803 Granville Pike

 

Lithopolis

1/5/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Millersport

12/28/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Millersport Senior High School, 11850 Lancaster Street

 

Pickerington

1/2/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Chapel, 575 Diley Road

1/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

 

Rushville

1/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

 

Sugar Grove

1/9/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berne Union High School, 506 N. Main Street

1/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

12/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave, Medical Arts Building 2

1/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

1/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Meadowbrook High School, 58615 Marietta Road

 

Cambridge

12/24/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

12/26/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Guernsey County District Public Library, 63500 Byesville Road

1/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cambridge Chiropractic, 927 Wheeling Avenue Suite 201

1/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Guernsey County District Public Library, 63500 Byesville Road

 

Senecaville

1/4/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mideast Career Center Buffalo, 57090 Vocational Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

12/22/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

 

Leesburg

12/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Highland County Joint Fire/EMS Station, 200 South Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

12/31/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Church of Praise and Worship Center, 30750 Lake Logan Rd.

1/2/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 650 Walhonding

1/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

 

Etna

12/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Hebron

12/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Newark

12/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Equity Resouces, Inc, 25 1/2 Park Place

12/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/24/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kroger Marketplace - Newark, 1155 North 21st Street

12/26/2018: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

12/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/4/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/6/2019: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

1/7/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, 1200 West Church Street

1/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

1/15/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

1/12/2019: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Summit Station United Methodist Church, 6626 Summit Rd SW

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Madison County

 

London

12/28/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Trinity Hall, 8530 Lilly-Chapel, Georgesville Rd SE

12/28/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Blood Drive at Church, 61 S. Union Street

1/2/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal, 10 E 4th St

 

Plain City

12/29/2018: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

1/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sharon Mennonite Church_Haven Fellowship, 7675 Amity Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Duncan Falls

1/5/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

 

Frazeysburg

12/28/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Meadow View Church of Christ, 6750 Raiders Road

 

New Concord

1/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane

 

Norwich

12/31/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., East 40 Church of Christ, 7522 E. Pike

 

South Zanesville

1/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Maysville High School, 3725 Panther Drive

 

Zanesville

12/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Muskingum Recreation Center, 1425 Newark Rd.

12/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick Street

12/27/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., AlterCare, 4200 Harrington Dr.

12/28/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

1/9/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Genesis Hospital, 2950 Maple Ave

1/11/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

1/12/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

1/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Perry County

 

Corning

12/27/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hemlock Community Church, 8860 Main St. SE

 

New Lexington

12/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

1/9/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Lex CCCU, 700 Center St

 

New Straitsville

12/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

12/20/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

12/23/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

12/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

1/2/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

1/8/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

12/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., JR's General Store, 4715 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

12/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

12/28/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

12/30/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Carver Community Center, 165 West 4th Steet

1/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Mary's Family Life Center, 40 E. 4th Street

1/10/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

1/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, Ross C. Law Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

 

Frankfort

1/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adena Elementary School, 3367 Co Rd 550

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

1/2/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

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Vinton County

 

McArthur

12/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 5299, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive

 

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.

 

Blood and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

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.

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