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Donate Blood This Season and Give More Life
By WestKyStar & American Red Cross Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give 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 Dec. 16-31
Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway, La Center, KY. 42056
12/21/2017: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Lowe's Home Improvement Murray, 1400 Lowes Drive, Murray, KY. 42071
12/28/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Crittenden County High School, 519 W Gum, Marion, KY. 42064
12/20/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

American Legion, 211 S 7th, Mayfield, KY. 42066
12/26/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mayfield Graves County YMCA, 1545 Cuba Road, Mayfield, KY. 42066
12/27/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Marshall County Hospital, 615 Old Symsonia Road, Benton, KY. 42025
12/27/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Altona Baptist Church, 5817 U.S. Highway 62, Calvert City, KY. 42029
12/19/2017: 3 - 7 p.m.

Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 U.S. Highway 62, Calvert City, KY. 42029
12/28/2017: 12:30- 5:30 p.m.

Hardin Baptist Church, 218 College Street, Hardin, KY. 42048
12/18/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive, Paducah, KY. 42001
12/16/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
12/17/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
12/18/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/19/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/21/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/22/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/23/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
12/24/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
12/26/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/28/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/29/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/30/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
12/31/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY. 42001
12/20/2017: 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Concord United Methodist Church, 5178 Hinkleville Road, Paducah, KY. 42001
12/31/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Published 03:21 PM, Tuesday Dec. 05, 2017
Updated 07:07 PM, Wednesday Dec. 06, 2017

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