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American Red Cross Needs Blood Donors
Updated May 5, 2013 1:10 AM
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(UNDATED) - Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

Through the dedication of blood donors, the Red Cross can be prepared day in and day out, no matter when or where blood is needed.

Readily available blood helps save the lives of people like David Zien, who was on his way home on his motorcycle when the SUV in front of him lost control during a lane change and flipped onto its side, sending Zien nearly 350 feet. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he received 32 pints of blood. Today, Zien says he attributes much of his survival to the generosity of blood donors.

All blood types are currently needed. For more information and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

LAWRENCE COUNTY
Today from 1 pm to 6 pm, at Anytime Fitness, 2643 16th Street, Bedford

MARTIN COUNTY
2/13/2013, 2 pm to 7 pm, Shoals Baptist Church, 13 Miller Street, Shoals

2/14/2013, 2 pm to 7 pm, St. Johns Catholic Church, 408 Church Street, Loogootee

MONROE COUNTY
Today from Noon till 6 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St., Bloomington

2/7/2013, 2 pm to 7 pm, Indiana University Teter Residence Hall, 501 North Sunrise Drive, Bloomington

2/8/2013, 8 am to 2 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.,
Bloomington

2/9/2013, 8 am to Noon, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.,
Bloomington

2/12/2013, 3 pm to 7 pm, Indiana University Wright Residence Center, 501 N. Jordan
Avenue, Bloomington

2/13/2013, Noon to 6 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.,
Bloomington

2/14/2013, Noon to 6 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.,
Bloomington

2/15/2013, 8 am to 2 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.,
Bloomington

MORGAN COUNTY
2/9/2013, 9 am to 2 pm, Army National Guard, 1900 Hospital Drive, Martinsville

The need is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate. Just 8 percent of those eligible, or 3 percent of the U.S. population, actually donate blood.

One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood. One donation can help save the lives of multiple people. The top reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others."

The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an
appointment or for more information. 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.



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