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Give Blood With The Red Cross During National Volunteer Month
Updated March 23, 2017 7:06 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors 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:

  • Zion Amish Mennonite Church, 6233 N 900 E Montgomery, IN 47558 4/14/2017: 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2835 N. 500 W. Ireland, IN 47545 4/6/2017: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Vincennes University Ruxer Center, 850 College Ave. Jasper, IN 47546 4/4/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Richland Christian Church, 5913 W. Adams St. Richland, IN 47634 4/13/2017: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Bluegrass United Methodist Church, 14240 Petersburg Road Evansville, IN 47725 4/2/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 5528 Hogue Road Evansville, IN 47712 4/2/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Stockwell Blood Donation Center, 29 South Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714 4/3/2017: noon - 6 p.m.; 4/4/2017: noon - 6 p.m.; 4/11/2017: noon - 6 p.m.; 4/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Bud's Harley Davidson, 4700 East Morgan Ave. Evansville, IN 47715 4/8/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • St. Mary's Medical Center / The Manor, 3700 Washington Ave. Evansville, IN 47750 4/11/2017: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Highway 261 Newburgh, IN 47630 4/5/2017: 3 - 8 p.m.
  • Oncology Hematology Associates, 3699 Epworth Rd. Newburgh, IN 47630 4/13/2017: noon - 5 p.m.
  • Presbyterian Church, 100 South Main St. Henderson, KY 42420 4/10/2017: 1:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus Hall, 501 6th St. Uniontown, KY 42461 4/9/2017: 8 a.m. - noon

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. Volunteers with flexible schedules are needed to support blood collection in the areas of: greeter and canteen specialists in most areas; and warehouse and transportation specialists in selected areas. Volunteer greeters assist with blood drive registration. Volunteer canteen specialists assist with distributing snacks to blood donors. Warehouse volunteers assist with packaging blood drive supplies and transportation specialists transport blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a greeter, canteen, warehouse or transportation volunteer specialist position, visit: http://www.redcross.org/volunteer

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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