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Donors Urged To Help American Red Cross Maintain Blood Supply
Updated February 16, 2016 7:16 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February.

During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in their own communities as well as areas where donors were unable to give due to severe winter weather. Individuals with types O, AB, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Make an appointment to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Dr. Columbus, IN 47201

  • 2/19/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • 2/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 1515 20th Street Bedford, IN 47421

  • 2/16/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Knights of Columbus, 2202 M Street Bedford, IN 47421

  • 2/18/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Walmart, 3200 John Williams Blvd. Bedford, IN 47421

  • 2/26/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Anytime Fitness, 2643 16th Street Bedford, IN 47421

  • 2/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Indiana University Briscoe Residence Center, 1225 North Fee Lane Bloomington, IN 47406

  • 2/16/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47402

  • 2/17/2016: noon - 6 p.m.
  • 2/18/2016: noon - 6 p.m.
  • 2/19/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 2/24/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 2/24/2016: noon - 6 p.m.
  • 2/25/2016: noon - 6 p.m.
  • 2/26/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 2/23/2016: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • 2/27/2016: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Orleans High School, 200 West Wilson Street Orleans, IN 47452

  • 2/25/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Walmart Supercenter, 735 Gospel Road Paoli, IN 47454

  • 2/19/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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.

Blood donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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