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Red Cross calls for new donors to prevent a summer blood shortage

About 38 percent of the population can donate; less than 10 percent of those eligible do

6 great tips for that first blood donation this summer

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 1, 2017) — The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.

 

While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors. Nationwide, about 32 percent fewer new blood donors, and more than 41 percent fewer in Ohio, came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year. Additionally, 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 vacation plans.

While about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent of those eligible actually do. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes. Whether new to donating blood or a lifelong donor, the Red Cross offers helpful tips for an enjoyable donation experience:

1.    As much as possible, eat iron-rich foods leading up to your donation.

2.    Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after the donation.

3.    Have a healthy meal before the donation.

4.    Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.

5.    Complete a RapidPass on the day of donation, prior to arriving, to save time.

6.    Remember to bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.

 

“Every day, we have thousands of lives to help save, but blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a lifesaving difference for cancer patients, accident victims and others in need.”

 

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Athens County

 

Albany

6/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Dr.

 

Athens

6/7/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Holzer Clinic-Athens, Holzer Clinic, 2131 East State St.

6/10/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Market on State, 1002 E. State St.

6/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Electric Power, 9135 State Route 682

6/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

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. - 4 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 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

6/8/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rocky Brands Outlet store, 45 Canal Street

 

The Plains

6/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hickory Creek of Athens, 51 East Fourth Street

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

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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

6/1/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Earl's Dari Drive In, 708 Otsego Ave

6/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 Pleasant Valley Drive

6/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 Pleasant Valley Drive

 

Fresno

6/14/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 22445 County Rd. 10

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

6/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

6/12/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

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

 

Lancaster

6/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

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

6/7/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfield National Bank, 143 West Main St.

6/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

6/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

6/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

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

 

Millersport

6/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

6/3/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

6/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

6/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

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

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

6/3/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington CH

6/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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.

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

6/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, Stop Nine Church of Christ, 60312 Southgate Road

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

 

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

 

Freeport

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

 

Scio

6/6/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Scio Volunteer Fire Department, 318 W Main Street

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

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

 

Hillsboro

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

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Hocking County

 

Logan

6/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Turkey Run Mennonite Church, 5066 Twp. Rd 372

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Licking County

 

Alexandria

6/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive

 

Etna

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

 

Granville

6/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Kendal at Granville, 2158 Columbus Road

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

 

Heath

6/2/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heath High School, 300 Licking View Drive

6/6/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church Heath, 732 Hebron Road (RT.79)

 

Johnstown

6/1/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., KDC Columbus, 8825 Smith’s Mill Road North

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

 

Marne

6/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

 

Newark

6/1/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking County Health Department, 675 Price Road

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

6/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

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

6/9/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

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

 

Pataskala

6/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

 

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

6/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal, 10 E 4th St

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

 

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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Morgan County

 

Malta

6/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church, 212 Main Street

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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

 

New Concord

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

 

Zanesville

6/5/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Willow Haven Care Center, 1122 Taylor Street

6/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Zanesville Health and Rehabilitiation Center, 1420 Autumn Drive

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

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

6/8/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, Noble County Fairgrounds  44187 Fairgrounds Rd, Community Center

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/6/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

6/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

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

 

Somerset

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

 

Thornville

6/10/2017: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

6/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

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

 

Williamsport

6/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green 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

6/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

6/9/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., iHeartMEDIA, 181 N Bridge St

6/9/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., iHeartMEDIA, 181 N Bridge St

6/12/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

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.)

 

Frankfort

6/3/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

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

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Warren County

 

Carlisle

6/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MPS Group, Inc., 512 Linden Street

 

How to donate blood

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. Those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross June 7 through World Blood Donor Day on June 14 will receive a limited-edition Nexcare Give bandage with the theme “Roll up a sleeve and give where you live,” featuring vibrant city-inspired designs reflecting landmarks and locales from around the globe. 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.

 

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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