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Blood Donations Needed To Help Ensure Sufficient Supply Throughout The Holidays
Updated November 17, 2016 6:49 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - This November, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift - a blood donation - to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day when donors are busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don't get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Timothy Sheely's wife received 12 units of blood products during emergency surgery after the birth of their son.

"If it had not been for blood donors, she may not have survived that ordeal, but thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their Mom," he said. "I can't possibly thank those people in person, but I can give a little piece of me back with each donation for the greater good. Thanks to those who are able to donate and choose to donate!"

The Red Cross encourages donors to start a new holiday tradition and bring family and friends together to donate blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are needed to give this November to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. As a thank you for donating around the Thanksgiving holiday, all those who come to donate Nov. 24-28 will be invited to download a set of recipes from celebrity chefs.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

  • Teter Residence Center, 501 N. Sunrise Drive Bloomington, IN 47406 11/29/2016: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47402 11/17/2016: Noon - 6 p.m., 11/19/2016: 8 a.m. - noon, 11/23/2016: Noon - 6 p.m., 11/25/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 11/30/2016: Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Cummins Plant, 500 Central Ave. Columbus, IN 47202 11/17/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus, 2202 M St. Bedford, IN 47421 11/17/2016: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • La Quinta, 101 Carrie Lane Columbus, IN 47201 11/18/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Walmart, 2025 Merchant Mile Columbus, IN 47201 11/19/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • First United Methodist Church, 219 E. Fourth St. Bloomington, IN 47408 11/20/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Anytime Fitness, 2643 16th St. Bedford, IN 47421 11/21/2016: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Bartholomew County Library, 536 Fifth St. Columbus, IN 47201 11/21/2016: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Columbus, IN 47201 11/23/2016: Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Sam's Club Bloomington, 3205 State Road 45 Bloomington, IN 47403 11/25/2016: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Ellettsville First United Methodist Church, 101 Temperance St. Ellettsville, IN 47429 11/27/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Leatherwood Christian Church, 3518 Leatherwood Road Bedford, IN 47421 11/28/2016: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Orleans Christian, 319 S. Maple St. Orleans, IN 47452 11/28/2016: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Indiana University Memorial Union Building, 900 E. Seventh St. Bloomington, IN 47405 11/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 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 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 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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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