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Red Cross Urges Blood Donation As One Last Gift To Give This Holiday Season
Updated December 9, 2016 7:16 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - It can't be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays.

"I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve," she said. "He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish."

Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate December 22, 2016, through January 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

  • First Mennonite Church, 8002 E. 550 N. in Montgomery, 12/16/2016: 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1010 22nd St. in Bedford, 12/17/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St. in Bloomington, 12/17/2016: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12/21/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 12/22/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 12/29/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 12/30/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 12/31/2016: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 1/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 1/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • IU Health Morgan, 2209 John R Wooden Dr. in Martinsville, 12/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Kroger, 1175 College Mall Rd. in Bloomington 12/29/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mitchell Manor Nursing Home, 24 Teke Burton Dr. in Mitchell 12/27/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • St. Joseph Parish, 1029 Kundek St. in Jasper, 12/18/2016: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Walmart, 3200 John Williams Blvd. in Bedford 12/22/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St. in Nashville 12/22/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • C K of A Hall, 1159 W. 1100 S. St. in Saint Henry, 12/18/2016: 8 a.m. - noon
  • Methodist Hospital of Union County, 4604 US Highway 60 W. in Morganfield, KY 12/19/2016: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Stockwell Blood Donation Center, 29 S. Stockwell Road in Evansville, 12/20/2016: 1 - 6 p.m., 12/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 12/27/2016: 1 - 6 p.m., 12/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Deaconess Women& Hospital, 4199 Gateway Blvd. in Newburgh, 12/21/2016: 8 a.m. - noon
  • Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 Newton St. in Jasper, 12/21/2016: 1 - 7 p.m.
  • Old National Bank - Jasper, 1 DCB Plaza in Jasper, 12/22/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Huntingburg Methodist Church, 416 N. Main St. in Huntingburg, 12/23/2016: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Birdseye Fire Department, 9 W. First St. in Birdseye, 12/26/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Westside Christian Church, 1200 N. Red Bank Road in Evansville, 12/26/2016: 2 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Daviess Community Hospital, 1314 E. Walnut St. in Washington, 12/27/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Cincinnati Christian Church, 11432 SR 54 East in Bloomfield 1/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Linton Public Library, 95 SE 1st St in Linton 1/4/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcrossblood.org/RapidPass 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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