Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donors
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KY & SOUTHERN IL - The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

Michael Harper knows how critical it is to have a readily available blood supply. “I used over 300 units of blood when I was younger after an auto accident. Blood donations helped save my life,” he said. “Now, I would like to donate as much or more than I have received.”

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All those who come to donate from Jan. 30 to Feb. 26, 2017, are eligible to receive a $5 Gift Card via email for making blood and platelet donation a priority this winter.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Caledonia Community Church, 10076 State Hwy 37 Olmsted, IL 62970
2/28/2017: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway La Center, KY 42056
2/16/2017: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Murray State University Curris Center, Chestnut St. Murray, KY 42071
2/16/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St. Murray, KY 42071
2/16/2017: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Murray State University Curris Center, Chestnut St. Murray, KY 42071
2/17/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fulton County High School, 2740 Moscow Rd. Hickman, KY 42050
2/21/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

American Legion, 211 South 7th Mayfield, KY 42066
2/28/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Christian Church, 2515 South Main St. Benton, KY 42025
2/20/2017: 2 - 6 p.m.

Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 US Highway 62 Calvert City, KY 42029
2/23/2017: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

St. John's Catholic Church, 6705 Old Highway 45 Lone Oak, KY 42001
2/19/2017: 8 a.m. - noon

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive Paducah, KY 42001
2/16/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2/17/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2/18/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2/20/2017: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2/25/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2/27/2017: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Camden Church of Christ, 1285 U.S. 70 Bypass Camden, TN 38320
2/17/2017: noon - 6 p.m.

Savannah Church of Christ, 1175 Pickwick Rd. Savannah, TN 38372
2/17/2017: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill UMC, 316 North Horton Parkway  Chapel Hill, TN 37034
2/22/2017: 1 - 7 p.m.

Cornersville First Baptist Church, 2966 Pulaski Hwy Cornersville, TN 37047
2/21/2017: 2 - 6 p.m.

Church Street Church of Christ, 305 West Church St. Lewisburg, TN 37091
2/16/2017: 1 - 5 p.m.

Lewisburg Police Department, 101 Water St. Lewisburg, TN 37091
2/24/2017: 1 - 6 p.m.

To help, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 and follow the instructions on the site.

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:

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, visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Published 07:54 PM, Friday Feb. 03, 2017
Updated 10:18 AM, Saturday Feb. 04, 2017

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