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Red Cross: Donors of all blood types, races and ethnicities needed

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular blood transfusions, blood must be matched closely – beyond the primary A, B, O and AB blood types – to reduce the risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. The best match may be someone of the same racial or ethnic group.

 

Red Cross: Donors of all blood types, races and ethnicities needed

 

Red Cross: Donors of all blood types, races and ethnicities needed

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2019) — The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply.

 

The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular blood transfusions, blood must be matched closely – beyond the primary A, B, O and AB blood types – to reduce the risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. The best match may be someone of the same racial or ethnic group.

 

Eight-year-old AJ Torres requires blood transfusions to treat complications from sickle cell disease, the most common genetic disease in the U.S. The disease is most common among people of African descent or Latino descent, like AJ, and can sometimes cause small blood vessels to become blocked. Diverse donors are important to ensuring AJ has the blood products he needs to regain his health.

 

“Within minutes of receiving a blood transfusion, I watch his strength be restored, pain vanish and energy return. Soon he transforms back to himself – a rambunctious little boy,” said his mom, Caira Torres. “If an 8-year-old can withstand a needle, so can you.”

 

Donors of all blood types, as well as all races and ethnicities, are needed to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see rcblood.org/game.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 23-Oct. 15:

Perry County

 

Junction City

9/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

9/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

9/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Thornville

10/12/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Athens County

 

Albany

9/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6091 Ayers Road

 

Athens

9/23/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Green - Grosvenor Hall

9/25/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Washington Hall, OU-Washington Hall, 49 East Green St.

9/26/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University Red Cross Club, 1 Park Place

10/1/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University General Students, 1 Park Place

10/9/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alden Library-CoLab, Alden Library # 301, 30 Park Place

10/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

 

Glouster

9/24/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

The Plains

9/25/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hickory Creek of Athens, 51 East Fourth Street

10/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton County

 

Conesville

10/9/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Electric Power, 47201  County Road 273

 

Coshocton

9/25/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Annin & Company, 700 South 3rd Street

9/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

10/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

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Fairfield County

 

Baltimore

10/14/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Bremen

9/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Carroll

9/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bloom Carroll Middle School - Science Club Drive, 71 So. Beaver Street

 

Lancaster

10/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

10/4/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

10/7/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

10/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

 

Millersport

10/2/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

10/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

10/9/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Dr.

10/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

10/10/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

10/11/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marcus Theatre, 1776 Hill Rd North

10/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

10/5/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington Court House

10/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Washington Court House Fire Department, 215 E Market Street

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

10/2/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

10/12/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

10/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 2000 East Wheeling Avenue

 

Cumberland

10/1/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

9/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

10/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 129 Fair Street

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

10/15/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

9/25/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

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Licking County

 

Granville

10/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Centenary UMC, 102 E. Broadway

10/14/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College

 

Heath

10/8/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church Heath, 732 Hebron Road (RT.79)

 

Johnstown

9/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., KDC Columbus, 8825 Smith’s Mill Road North

 

Newark

9/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/1/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/4/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/15/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

9/25/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Bremen Banking Center, 700 Corylus Drive

10/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7618 Hazelton-Etna Road

10/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

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Morgan County

 

Malta

10/11/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

 

McConnelsville

10/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Morgan High School, 800 Raider Drive

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Muskingum County

 

New Concord

9/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

10/1/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., East Muskingum Middle School, 13120 John Glenn School Road

 

Zanesville

9/23/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/26/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street

10/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

10/3/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

Junction City

9/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

9/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

9/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Thornville

10/12/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

9/27/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

10/1/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

10/3/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike

10/9/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

10/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Circleville Elementary School, 100 Tiger Drive

 

Williamsport

9/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Westfall High School, 19463 Pherson Pike

10/3/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

10/8/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

 

Chillicothe

9/27/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

9/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

10/6/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., In Honor of Ted Montgomery, 381 Yoctangee Pky

10/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

10/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Mary's Family Life Center, 40 E. 4th Street

10/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Chillicothe High School, 421 Yoctangee Parkway

10/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

 

 

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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% 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 Neighborhood Connection October 2019 Meeting Oct 15, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Ludowici Factory of Ideas - 4757 Tile Plant Rd, New Lexington, OH 43764
2019 Drive-Thru Flu Clinic and Medication Drop-Off Oct 16, 2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 St Rt 37 E, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive Crooksville Fire Department Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Oct 16, 2019 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Crooksville Fire Department - 22 China St, Crooksville, OH 43731
Perry County Land Bank October 2019 Meeting Oct 16, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Perry County Commissioners - 121 W Brown St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Perry County Cancer Alliance to Celebrate 20th Anniversary on October 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764
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