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Give Blood With The Red Cross During National Volunteer Month
Updated March 24, 2017 6:57 AM
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(UNDATED) - The American Red Cross encourages the community to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients.

Nearly 2.8 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

Bill Parr has been donating blood for more than 30 years. "I think it's one of the most rewarding things you can do, knowing that such a simple act can have such a positive impact on another human being in a time of need," he said.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Delaware County

Muncie

  • 4/4/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pruis Hall, McKinley Avenue
  • 4/13/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1400 W Riverside Ave

Hamilton County

Fishers

  • 4/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Promise Church, 12648 E. 116th Street

Madison County

Anderson

  • 4/11/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Anderson University, 1526 University Blvd.
  • 4/14/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Hoosier Park, 4500 Dan Patch Circle

Marion County

Indianapolis

  • 4/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Road
  • 4/12/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., University Tower, 911 West North Street

Bartholomew County

Columbus

  • 4/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 4/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Developmental Services Inc., 2920 10th Street
  • 4/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane

Johnson County

Franklin

  • 4/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Walmart, 2125 North Morton

Lawrence County

Bedford

  • 4/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hillcrest Christian Church, 1130 Hillcrest Road

Martin County

Shoals

  • 4/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Shoals Christian Church, 602 N. Main Street

Monroe County

Bloomington

  • 4/1/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 4/2/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 219 E. 4th Street
  • 4/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 4/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Indiana University McNutt North West Dining Hall, 1101 N. Fee Lane
  • 4/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 4/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 4/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., City of Bloomington, 401 N. Morton, Suite 210
  • 4/11/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., School of Education, 201 N. Rose Avenue
  • 4/12/2017: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Indiana University Memorial Union Building, 900 East 7th Street, Indiana Memorial

Union Building

  • 4/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 4/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Owen County

Spencer

  • 4/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Owen Valley High School, 622 W. Hwy 46

Shelby County

Shelbyville

  • 4/3/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Blue River Career Programs, 801 Saint Joseph St.

How to help

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.

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position visit rdcrss.org/driver.

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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