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 or platelets.

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.

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.

As schedules fill with holiday parties, shopping and fun with friends and family, many blood and platelet 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:

  • American Legion Hall, 425 South Main St. Ferdinand, IN 47532 on 11/29/2019: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Bethel Christian Center, 996 N. Reo Drive Rockport, IN 47635 on 12/4/2019: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • C K of A Hall, 1159 W. 1100 S. Saint Henry, IN 47532 on 12/15/2019: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Castle High School, 3344 Highway 261 Newburgh, IN 47630 on 12/5/2019: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Daviess Community Hospital, 1314 East Walnut Washington, IN 47501 on 12/13/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • First Baptist Church of Taylorsville, 115 W. Main St. Taylorsville, KY 40071 on 12/10/2019: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles, 708 east 6th St. Huntingburg, IN 47542 on 12/10/2019: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Free Methodist Church, 1155 Troy Road Washington, IN 47501 on 12/10/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Jasper Library, 1116 Main St. Jasper, IN 47546, 12/4/2019 on 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus, 201 East 30th St. Jasper, IN 47546 on 12/7/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus Council 2215, 117 S. Main St. Haubstadt, IN47639 on 12/5/2019: 2 – 7 p.m.
  • Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Building, 721 West 13th St. Jasper, IN 47546 on 11/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Highway 261 Newburgh, IN 47630 on 12/11/2019: 3 – 8 p.m.
  • Niagara Elementary School, 13043 Highway 136 East Henderson, KY 42420 on 11/27/2019: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Main St. Henderson, KY 42420 on 12/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Main St. Henderson, KY 42420 on 12/2/2019: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • St Celestine Catholic Church, 6864 East State Road 164 Celestine, IN 47521 on 12/8/2019: 7 a.m. – noon
  • St. Charles Health Campus, 3150 St. Charles St. Jasper, IN 47546 on 12/9/2019: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 421 Mulberry St. Mount Vernon, IN 47620 on 12/1/2019: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Zion Lippe United Church of Christ, 9000 Copperline East Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 on 11/18/2019: 3 – 7 p.m.

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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