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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec.18, 2017) — The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets. Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms. Last year, nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given through the Red Cross during the seven weeks from Thanksgiving through the first week of January than the average during the rest of the year.

 

Give blood now, help save lives by next month

Give blood now, help save lives by next month

Donors of all blood types urged to give blood, platelets this holiday season

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec.18, 2017) — The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.

 

Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms. Last year, nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given through the Red Cross during the seven weeks from Thanksgiving through the first week of January than the average during the rest of the year.

 

“By taking just about an hour of time today, you can help save someone’s life within a few weeks or even days of your donation,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “We’re asking donors to give now to help ensure blood is available when patients need it most.”

 

Blood is perishable and can only be replenished by volunteer donors. Red blood cells, the most transfused blood product, must be transfused within 42 days. Platelets, the tiny cells that form clots and help stop bleeding, must be transfused within just five days. More than half of all platelet donations go to cancer patients who may need platelet transfusions to prevent life-threatening bleeding during chemotherapy.

 

“Platelet donors don’t have to wait a few weeks to make a difference in a patient’s life,” said Wilson. “Someone could donate platelets on Monday, and by Friday, those same platelets can help someone’s fight to kick cancer.”

 

Kelly Ellison certainly knows that. Twenty-eight weeks into her third pregnancy, she was raced to the hospital with uncontrollable bleeding and received a doubly devastating diagnosis. Not only did she have aplastic anemia – a rare blood disorder in which the body’s bone marrow does not produce enough new blood cells – doctors also detected kidney cancer. Kelly received 43 units of blood and platelets. Five weeks later, she gave birth prematurely to her son, who also needed blood transfusions to survive.

 

“Our lives have been forever changed because of lifesaving blood and platelet donations,” said Ellison. “Every breath I take is a blessing!”

 

All blood types are needed this winter. Platelet donations are especially encouraged the first week of the new year, which is among the most difficult to collect enough platelets to meet patient needs. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

 

As a special thank-you for taking the time to donate, those who come to give Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Athens County

 

Athens

12/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Market on State, 1002 E. State St.

12/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

12/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May St.

1/3/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Appalachian Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive

 

Nelsonville

12/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 205 W. Columbus Street

1/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

1/9/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rocky Brands Outlet, 39 Canal Street

 

The Plains

12/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

12/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains Fire Department, 29 Connett Road

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Clark County

 

Springfield

12/19/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Woodruff Enterprises, 4951 Gateway Blvd

1/11/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cliff Park High School, 821 North Limestone Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

1/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

 

Fresno

12/20/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Warsaw

1/10/2018: 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., River View High School, 26496 St. Rt. 60 North

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

12/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

12/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baltimore VFW, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Lancaster

12/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

12/21/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

12/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pleasant Twp. Fire Dept., 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE

12/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., SAM FM 98.3 Holiday Blood Drive - Knights of Columbus - Lancaster, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/30/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Avenue

1/1/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

1/2/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

1/8/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

1/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job & Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

1/11/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

1/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fisher Catholic High School, 1803 Granville Pike

1/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church Lancaster, 1950 Pleasantville Road

 

Lithopolis

1/13/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Millersport

12/29/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Millersport Senior High School, 11850 Lancaster Street

 

Pickerington

12/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marcus Theatre, 1776 Hill Rd North

12/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

1/7/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

 

Sugar Grove

1/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berne Union High School, 506 N. Main St.

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Fayette County

 

Washington CH

12/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave, Medical Arts Building 2

 

Washington Court House

1/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

12/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/5/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

1/9/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

12/19/2017: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

12/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

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Hocking County

 

Logan

12/20/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking Valley Community Hospital, 601 St. Rt. 644 N

12/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Church of Praise and Worship Center, 30750 Lake Logan Rd.

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Licking County

 

Etna

12/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

1/3/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., RevLocal, 4009 Columbus Road

 

Hebron

12/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Johnstown

12/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

12/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 East Main Street

12/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Equity Resouces, Inc, 25 1/2 Park Place

12/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/26/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/2/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/3/2018: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

1/5/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/9/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

1/9/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

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Madison County

 

London

12/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rocking Horse Community Health Center Parking Lot, 212 N. Main St.

12/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Trinity Hall, 8530 Lilly-Chapel, Georgesville Rd SE

12/29/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street

1/3/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal, 10 E 4th St

 

Plain City

12/30/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

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Morgan County

 

McConnelsville

12/20/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Morgan High School, 800 Raider Drive

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Muskingum County

 

Dresden

12/30/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Northgate Open Bible Church, 10516 Frazeysburg Road

 

Duncan Falls

1/6/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

 

Frazeysburg

12/29/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Meadowview Church of Christ, Meadowview Church of Christ, 6750 Raiders Road

 

Nashport

1/9/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Nashport Elementary, 3775 Creamery Rd

 

New Concord

12/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane

 

South Zanesville

1/4/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Maysville High School, 3725 Panther Drive

 

Zanesville

12/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

12/19/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street

12/27/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick Street

12/28/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Zanesville Health and Rehabilitation Center, 4200 Harrington Dr.

12/29/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

1/6/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

1/6/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

1/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Sarahsville

1/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shenandoah HS, 49346 SR 147

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

12/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Oakfield Wesleyan Church, 3616 St. Rt. 13

1/10/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., PCC Airfoils, 101 China St.

1/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

New Lexington

12/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

1/2/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Lex CCCU, 700 Center St

 

Somerset

12/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

12/20/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

12/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

1/2/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Circleville Fire Department, 586 North Court Street

1/3/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pickaway Twp Fire Department, 579 Tarlton Road

1/4/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

1/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

12/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., JR's General Store, 4715 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

12/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

12/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., iHeartMEDIA, 181 N Bridge St

12/29/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

1/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Mary's Family Life Center, 40 E. 4th Street

1/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walnut Street United Methodist Church, 16 S. Walnut St.

1/9/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., VA Medical Center, 17273 St. Rt 104, Building 9

1/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, Ross C. Law Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

1/15/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

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Vinton County

 

McArthur

12/20/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 5299, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive

 

 

 

 

How to donate blood or platelets

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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

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.

 

Give blood now, help save lives by next month

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American Red Cross Blood Drive - New Lexington High School Jan 24, 2018 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM — New Lexington High School - 2547 Panther Dr, New Lexington, OH 43764
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American Red Cross Blood Drive - American Legion Hall Jan 27, 2018 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM — American Legion Hall - 110 Logan St., Junction City, OH 43748
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