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Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood, Platelet Donations
By WestKyStar & Red Cross Staff
PADUCAH - The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Come to give blood by December 19 and receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card.
 
Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more.
 
“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.
 
Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
 
Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
 
Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.
 
Upcoming blood donation opportunities through December 19:
 
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, IL 62960
12/10/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
First Baptist Church, Monroe and Jefferson, Golconda, IL 62938
11/27/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 
Cross Road United Methodist Church, 1289 Ullin Road, Ullin, IL 62992
11/27/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.
 
First Baptist Church, 135 N. Sixth St. Barlow, KY 42024
12/11/2018: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 
Calvary Baptist Church, 121 Kentucky Ave. Princeton, KY 42445
12/6/2018: noon - 6 p.m.
 
Northside Church of Christ, 711 Housman St. P.O. Box 313, Mayfield, KY 42066
12/14/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.
 
American Legion, 211 S. 7th, Mayfield, KY 42066
12/18/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Washington St. Clinton, KY 42031
11/26/2018: noon - 6 p.m.
 
Livingston Hospital Health Care Services, 131 Hospital Drive, Salem, KY 42078
11/28/2018: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 
Lyon County Courthouse, Lyon County Public Library, Eddyville, KY 42038
12/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Sharpe Elementary School, 8400 US Highway 60 W. Benton, KY 42025
12/3/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.
 
Briensburg Church of Christ, 2349 Benton Briensburg Road, Benton, KY 42025
12/10/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.
 
First Christian Church, 2515 S. Main St. Benton, KY 42025
12/14/2018: noon - 5 p.m.
 
North Marshall Middle School, 3110 Highway 95      , Calvert City, KY 42029
11/26/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 
Altona Baptist Church, 5817 US Highway 62, Calvert City, KY 42029
12/18/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.
 
Hardin Baptist Church, 218 College St. Hardin, KY 42048
12/17/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive, Paducah, KY 42001
11/26/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
11/27/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
11/29/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
11/30/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/1/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
12/2/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
12/3/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/4/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/6/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/7/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
12/8/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
12/9/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
12/10/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/11/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
12/13/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/14/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
12/15/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
12/16/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
12/17/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
12/18/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
 
First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive, Paducah, KY 42001
12/3/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Lourdes Hospital, 1530 Lone Oak Road, Paducah   , KY 42003
12/19/2018: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001
12/19/2018: 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9701 Blandville Road, West Paducah, KY 42086
12/9/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.
 
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 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
 
About the American Red CrossThe 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.
 
 
 
 

Published 08:44 PM, Sunday Dec. 16, 2018
Updated 10:07 PM, Sunday Dec. 16, 2018

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