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Local Red Cross Blood Drives

Last updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

(UNDATED) - Car accidents, cancer treatments, emergency surgeries - these things don’t stop for the holidays. Neither does the need for blood. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to give now to help ensure blood remains available this holiday season for vital medical treatments and unforeseen emergencies.

Now is an important time to give blood. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from
Thanksgiving to New Year's Day when donors become busy with family gatherings and travel.
In addition, severe winter weather can cause blood drive cancellations and negatively affect the blood supply.

Give the gift of life - make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American
Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a special thank-you for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give Dec. 20
through Jan. 6 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 20-Jan. 15:

Lawrence County

Monroe County

Morgan County


Bartholomew County

Brown County

Greene County

Boone County

Hamilton County

Hendricks County

Madison County

Marion County

Parke County

Putnam County


Decatur County

Jennings County
North Vernon

Johnson County

Vigo County
Terre Haute

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
Blood and platelet donors can 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,
before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at
RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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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