Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities

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May 1, 2018

Be prepared: Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

In March 2015, Kevin Frame suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision during spring break. He received blood products to treat internal injuries immediately after the accident and during multiple surgeries while recovering.

“Without the blood and plasma products made available from donations, I would not be alive today to continue my rehabilitation journey,” said Frame, who had to relearn to swallow, speak and walk after the accident.

Regular blood, platelet and plasma donations help ensure that blood is available at a moment’s notice. In fact, it is the blood on the shelves that is used to help save lives at the time of an accident or sudden illness.

In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to any patient, regardless of blood type. Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.

Platelets may also be needed to help with clotting in cases of massive bleeding. Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant – often critical – need to keep up with hospital demand.

Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. 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).

All those who come to donate from April 9 to May 13, 2018, will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply. More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lets-Do-More.)  

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-26

Fayette

Ramsey

5/17/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Christian Church, 202 South Jefferson

Saint Peter

5/14/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran School, 703 E. 3rd Street

Vandalia

5/2/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Junior High School, 1109 North 8th Street

5/15/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street

5/22/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Zimmerman’s Greenhouse, 1386 East 1050 Avenue

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Franklin

Benton

5/21/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Heritage Woods, 1305 Bailey Lane

Thompsonville

5/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist School, 3608 Angel Lane

West Frankfort

5/24/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 1 West Frankfort Plaza

Whittington

5/14/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Whittington Church, 200 Main Street

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Jefferson

Belle Rive

5/7/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church, 401 South Main Street

Dix

5/9/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dix Community Center, 217 North Main

Mount Vernon

5/4/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chesterfield Village Apartments, 4201 Valley Forge Road

5/5/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Family Life Church, 2901 Veterans Memorial Drive

5/18/2018: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Meadowbrook Christian Church, 840 Meadowbrook Lane

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Marion

Centralia

5/24/2018: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Centralia American Legion Hall, 117 South Poplar

Salem

5/20/2018: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St Theresa of Avila Catholic Church, 812 West Main

5/23/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Community Building Salem, 416 Oglesby

5/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1201 Hawthorn Rd

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Washington

Du Bois

5/16/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus – Du Bois, 130 S. 8th street

Nashville

5/8/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Washington County Hospital-Nashville, 705 South Grand

Okawville

5/16/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Peter United Church of Christ, 106 West Church

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