Red Cross Needs Donors Of All Blood Types

Lifestyle
February 4, 2015

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February. Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping their blood donation appointments. Healthy and diverse blood donors are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Blood must be matched very closely for those patients with rare blood types or for those who need repeated transfusions. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Clinton

Albers: 2/23/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Albers Elementary, 206 N. Broadway

Carlyle: 2/25/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Carlyle High School, 1461 12th Street

Germantown: 2/24/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1105 Sycamore

Fayette

Saint Peter: 2/26/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saint Peter Village Hall, 704 W. 3rd St.

Jefferson

Mount Vernon: 2/20/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Medical Plaza, 2 Good Samaritan Way

Marion

Centralia: 2/19/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Centralia Junior High School, 900 S. Pine

Centralia: 2/21/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Centralia Elks Lodge, 235 N. Locust St.

Centralia: 2/23/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kaskaskia College, Shattuc Road

Salem: 2/18/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building Salem, Oglesby and Hamilton

Salem:  2/27/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Selmaville Elementary Junior High School, 3185 Selmaville Rd.

Washington

Lively Grove: 2/16/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Anthony Catholic Church, 6101 St. Anthony Church Road


 

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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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