You are here: Home / News / Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

 

Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

(Sept. 7, 2018) — The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.

Twelve-year-old Braden Green required blood transfusions to treat complications from sickle cell disease. “It saved his life, that blood transfusion,” said his mom, Brenda Green. “A blood donation can give a patient another chance at life or an opportunity to get through the day.”

Blood given to patients with rare blood types or those who need repeated transfusions for conditions such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia must be matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar racial or ethnic background.

All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients. 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 thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30, 2018, will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/sport-clips.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 16-30:

Perry County

Corning

9/18/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

Thornville

9/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

_______________

 

 

Athens County

 

Athens

9/17/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Green - Grosvenor Hall

9/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

9/19/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

9/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., OU College of Communications, Radio Television Bldg., College St.

9/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University Red Cross Club, 1 Park Place

9/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Ohio University Gamertsfelder Hall, 58 East Green Dr.

9/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University Red Cross Club, 1 Park Place

 

Glouster

9/18/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

9/17/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

9/25/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

9/28/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Nelsonville-York Elementary, 1 Buckeye Dr.

_______________

Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

9/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton County Career Center, 23640 Airport Road

9/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coshocton Elementary School, 1203 Cambridge Road

_______________

Fairfield County

 

Bremen

9/25/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Carroll

9/22/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bloom Carroll Middle School - Science Club Drive, 71 So. Beaver Street

 

Pickerington

9/19/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

9/24/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

 

Rushville

9/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

 

Sugar Grove

9/29/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

_______________

Fayette County

 

Washington CH

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miami Trace High School, 3722 State Route 41 NW

_______________

Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

9/19/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

_______________

Harrison County

 

Cadiz

9/19/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

_______________

Licking County

 

Granville

9/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College, Slayter Hall - 3rd Floor

 

Newark

9/18/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

9/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

9/21/2018: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

9/17/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

_______________

Madison County

 

Plain City

9/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sharon Mennonite Church_Haven Fellowship, 7675 Amity Pike

_______________

Muskingum County

 

Zanesville

9/16/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

9/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/29/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

_______________

Perry County

 

Corning

9/18/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Thornville

9/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

_______________

Pickaway County

 

Circleville

9/19/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

9/21/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

_______________

Ross County

 

Bainbridge

9/18/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

 

Chillicothe

9/28/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

9/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

_______________

Vinton County

 

Mc Arthur

9/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Vinton County Healthy Living Health Fair at the Vinton County High School, Route 50

 

 

 

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.

 

Upcoming Events
Free December 2018 Legal Clinic Dec 04, 2018 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764
Schedule Your Mammogram Today! Dec 20, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Perry County Health Department - 409 Lincoln Park Dr., New Lexington, OH 43764
Schedule Your Mammogram Today! Apr 12, 2019 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Perry County Health Department - 409 Lincoln Park Dr., New Lexington, OH 43764
Upcoming events…