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Give blood with the American Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

During National Volunteer Month this April, the American Red Cross celebrates the volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to get involved by giving blood. Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for patients in need of transfusions.

Give blood and help save lives this spring

(April 3, 2017) – Eligible individuals of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

While donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood, type O, A negative and B negative donors are urged to give Power Reds if they meet the additional eligibility criteria. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Similarly, type O positive can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donations help ensure a stable supply of these critical blood types.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and Power Red donations may be made every 112 days, up to three times per year.

Extra incentive to give: Those who come to give blood with the Red Cross in the Central Ohio Region during April can enter to win a Hocking Hills getaway with an overnight stay at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls and a zipline tour for two from Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Athens County

Athens

4/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

Glouster

4/25/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

Nelsonville

4/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nelsonville York High School, 1 Buckeye Dr.

The Plains

4/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton County

Fresno

4/19/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 22445 County Rd. 10

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Fairfield County

Baltimore

4/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baltimore VFW, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

Carroll

4/25/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Greenfield Twp. Fire Dept., 3245 Havensport Road

Lancaster

4/19/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

4/24/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

Pickerington

4/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

4/29/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road

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Fayette County

Washington CH

4/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave, Medical Arts Building 2

4/29/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Grace Community, Grace Community Church, 525 Glenn Ave

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Guernsey County

Byesville

4/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, Stop Nine Church of Christ, 60312 Southgate Road

Cambridge

4/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

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Highland County

Greenfield

4/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

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Licking County

Etna

4/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

Johnstown

4/17/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

Newark

4/18/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

4/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

4/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Woodside Presbyterian, 295 Woods Ave

4/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

4/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

Pataskala

4/17/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

Utica

4/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

London

4/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Park Avenue Medical Building, 55 Park Avenue

Plain City

4/29/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

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Muskingum County

Dresden

4/22/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1384 Main Street

Zanesville

4/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

Sarahsville

4/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Shenandoah HS, 49346 SR 147

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Perry County

Crooksville

4/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

New Lexington

4/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

Somerset

4/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Pickaway County

Circleville

4/19/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

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Ross County

Bainbridge

4/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Rainsboro Church of Christ, 13072 Barrett Mill Road

Chillicothe

4/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University of Chillicothe, 101 University Drive

4/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

4/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

4/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

Kingston

4/25/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zane Trace High School, 946 St. Rt. 180

 

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.

 

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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