Red Cross Makes It Easy and Rewarding to Save Lives This Holiday Season

(UNDATED) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood.

While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give Nov. 18- Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Donor Thomas Brown finishes giving whole blood with American Red Cross staff member Alex White. Brown–who has been donating for about 4 years–states, “I always try to come to give in December. It’s kind of my holiday tradition, a way to serve people.”

Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules? Try these three:

  • It’s quick and easy to find a convenient blood drive. Search for drives by ZIP code and make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at RedCrossBlood.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
  • Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass®. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but donors can save time with RapidPass. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes.
  • Donors will get important health information. Donors receive a mini-health screening to help determine eligibility that includes blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin readings. First-time donors will also find out their blood type soon after donating.

The Red Cross supports patients at 2,500 hospitals nationwide and 80 hospitals in Indiana alone. As schedules fill with holiday parties, shopping and fun with friends and family, many blood donors delay giving.

Unfortunately, that may lead to delays in treatments for patients relying on blood. Right now, there is a critical need for type O blood donors.

The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give Nov. 18 – Dec. 18 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Thanks.)

Additionally, those who come to give Nov. 27-30 will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Lawrence County

Bedford

  • 11/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2202 M Street
  • 12/14/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1010 22nd Street

Martin County

Loogootee

  • 12/5/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Johns Catholic Church, 408 Church Street

Shoals

  • 12/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shoals Christian Church, 602 N. Main Street

Monroe County

Bloomington

  • 11/18/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Indiana University Briscoe Residence Center, 1225 North Fee Lane
  • 11/20/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 11/23/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 11/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 11/30/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 12/2/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Indiana University – Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street
  • 12/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 12/5/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Indiana University Eigenmann Residence Center, 1900 E. 10th Street
  • 12/6/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Monroe County Public Library, 303 East Kirkwood Ave
  • 12/7/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 12/10/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road
  • 12/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 12/14/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 12/17/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Indiana University Health Bloomington, 601 West Second Street
  • 12/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Ellettsville

  • 12/1/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Ellettsville First United Methodist Church, 101 Temperance Street

Morgan County

Camby

  • 11/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grace Church, 4172 Allison Road

Bartholomew County

Columbus

  • 11/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bartholomew County Library, 536 5th Street
  • 11/22/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Developmental Services Inc., 2920 10th Street

Hope

  • 12/13/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hauser High School, 9423 N. State Rd 9

Brown County

Nashville

  • 11/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 East State Road 46

Delaware County

Daleville

  • 12/2/2019: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Daleville Elementary School, 8600 S. Bronco Drive

Muncie

  • 11/19/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pruis Hall, McKinley Avenue
  • 11/25/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana University School of Medicine – Edmund F. Ball Medical Education Center, 221 North Celia Ave.
  • 12/1/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Riverview Church of the Nazarene, 2600 E Willard
  • 12/8/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, 2401 W University Ave
  • 12/11/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pruis Hall, McKinley Avenue
  • 12/15/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA Northwest, 3500 N. Chadam Lane

Hamilton County

Carmel

  • 11/27/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., IU Health North Hospital, 11700 North Meridian
  • 12/7/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Venture Christian Church, 14501 Hazel Dell Pkwy
  • Fishers
  • 11/22/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Flexware Innovation, 9128 Technology Drive
  • 11/29/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., IU Health Saxony Hospital, 13000 East 136th Street
  • 11/30/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis, 12400 Reynolds Drive

Hendricks County

Avon

  • 12/16/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Co-Alliance, 5250 E US Hwy 36, Building 1000

Madison County

Anderson

  • 11/18/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ponderosa Steakhouse, 5009 S Scatterfield Road
  • 11/21/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Anderson University, 1100 E. 5th Street
  • 12/4/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 3335 S Scatterfield Road

Chesterfield

  • 12/16/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Miller’s Merry Manor – Chesterfield, 524 Anderson Road

Pendleton

  • 12/9/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fall Creek Christian Church, 1102 W 700 S

Marion County

Indianapolis

  • 11/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 East Hanna Avenue
  • 11/19/2019: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., IUPUI – North Hall, 820 West North Street
  • 11/20/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Salesforce – Capitol Avenue, 433 North Capital Avenue
  • 11/21/2019: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., IUPUI – University Tower, 911 West North Street
  • 11/23/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W 16th St
  • 11/25/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Children’s Bureau, 1575 Dr. Martin Luther King JR Street
  • 11/26/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Butler University – Robertson Hall, 4600 Sunset Ave
  • 11/27/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1510 North Meridian
  • 11/29/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road
  • 12/3/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., KAR Auction Services, 7835 Woodland Drive
  • 12/5/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., IUPUI – LGBTQ, 420 University Blvd.
  • 12/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Delta Air Lines, 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive
  • 12/13/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., IndyStar, 130 S. Meridian Street
  • 12/17/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Market Tower, 10 West Market Street
  • 12/18/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., IU Health University Hospital, 550 University Blvd

Putnam County

Greencastle

  • 12/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Putnam County Public Library, 103 East Poplar Street

Wayne County

Richmond

  • 12/18/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Richmond Senior Community Center, 1600 S. 2nd Street

Decatur County

Greensburg

  • 12/12/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Decatur County Memorial Hospital, 720 N. Lincoln Street.

Jennings County

North Vernon

  • 11/26/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Jennings County High School, 800 West Walnut Street
  • 12/12/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tea Creek Baptist Church, 5280 S. Co Rd 300 W.
  • 12/17/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Senior Citizens Center, 515 Buckeye Street

Johnson County

Greenwood

  • 12/10/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Johnson County Library White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd.
  • 12/11/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Walmart Greenwood, 1133 N. Emerson Rd

Vermillion County

Clinton

  • 12/16/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Union Hospital, 801 South Main

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.

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.

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