Red Cross – More than 1 Million Units of Blood Needed Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

(UNDATED) – Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a life-saving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season.

Those with type O blood are especially needed.

How blood donation Impacts Lives

On Sept. 28, 2018, MaKenzie Schienebeck experienced a complication during her pregnancy and found herself losing blood extremely fast. She was in and out of consciousness and felt her life slipping away.

Schienebeck was given blood transfusions on the way to the hospital, during emergency surgery, and after surgery.

“I would not be alive today if it was not for the American Red Cross and the gracious donors who gave their blood,” said Schienebeck. “Blood is more than just blood. It’s the key to saving lives.”

During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need.

Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec. 18 will receive 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.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities locally Dec. 2-31:

Lawrence County
Bedford

  • 12/19/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1010 22nd Street
  • 12/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Walmart, 3200 John Williams Blvd.
  • 12/23/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rural King, 1320 James Ave

Mitchell

  • 12/26/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mitchell Manor Nursing Home, 24 Teke Burton Drive

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

  • 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
  • 12/7/2019: 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.
  • 12/21/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 12/28/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Morgan County
Martinsville

  • 12/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 1696 S Ohio St.
  • 12/27/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., IU Health Morgan, 2209 John R Wooden Drive

Brown County
Nashville

  • 12/27/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street

Bartholomew County
Columbus

  • 12/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Culver’s, 90 Johnson Blvd.

Hope

  • 12/13/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hauser High School, 9423 N. State Rd 9

Other opportunities Dec.2-31

Boone County
Whitestown

  • 12/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Whitestown Municipal Complex, 6201 Veterans Drive

Delaware County
Daleville

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

Muncie

  • 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

  • 12/7/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Venture Christian Church, 14501 Hazel Dell Pkwy
  • Fishers
  • 12/22/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kroger, 11700 Olio Road
  • 12/29/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fishers YMCA, 9012 East 126th Street
  • Noblesville
  • 12/31/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Noblesville Antique Mall, 20 N 9th St

Hendricks County
Avon

  • 12/16/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Co-Alliance, 5250 E US Hwy 36, Building 1000
  • 12/20/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., IU Health West Hospital, 1111 Ronald Regan Pkwy
  • Plainfield
  • 12/27/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cumberland Trace, 1925 Reeves Road

Madison County
Anderson

  • 12/4/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 3335 S Scatterfield Road
  • 12/30/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., LivRite Fitness, 4018 Columbus Avenue
  • 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 700S

Marion County
Indianapolis

  • 12/3/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., KAR Global, 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
  • 12/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., IU Health Methodist Hospital, 1701 Senate Blvd.
  • 12/24/2019: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., IU Health Methodist Hospital, 1701 Senate Blvd.
  • 12/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Granite City Food and Brewery, 150 West 96th Street
  • 12/26/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Riley Outpatient Center, 575 Riley Hospital Drive
  • 12/27/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gleaners Food Bank, 3737 Waldamere Avenue
  • 12/31/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Irsay Family YMCA, 430 S. Alabama Street
  • 12/31/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., LivRite Fitness, 6220 N Butler Avenue

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
  • 12/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main Street

Decatur County
Greensburg

  • 12/12/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Decatur County Memorial Hospital, 720 N. Lincoln Street.
  • 12/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Walmart, 710 E. Freeland Rd.

Jennings County
North Vernon

  • 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
  • 12/30/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Walmart, 2380 N State Highway 3

Johnson County
Franklin

  • 12/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnson County Public Library, 401 State Street
  • 12/31/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Walmart, 2125 North Morton

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

Vigo County
Terre Haute

  • 12/30/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vigo County YMCA Holiday Donorama, 1 Dresser Dr

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.

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