Story Headline: Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donations Now
Author: West Kentucky Star Staff

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O. 

In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets through August 30 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 by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities August 16-31:
First Baptist Church, Monroe Street and Jefferson Street, Golconda, IL 62938
8/27/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

Caledonia Community Church, 10076 State Highway 37, Olmsted, IL 62970
8/21/2018: 1:30 - 5:30 pm

Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway, La Center, KY 42056
8/16/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St., Murray, KY 42071
8/16/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

Murray State University, Chestnut Street, Murray, KY 42071
8/23/2018: 10 am - 4 pm
8/24/2018: 10 am - 4 p.m

Graves County Public Library, 601 N. 17th St., Mayfield, KY 42066
8/17/2018: 11 am - 4 pm

American Legion, 211 S. Seventh St., Mayfield, KY 42066
8/28/2018: 11 am - 5 pm

Livingston Hospital Health Care Services, 131 Hospital Drive, Salem, KY 42078
8/29/2018: 12:30 - 4:30 pm

First Christian Church, 2515 S. Main St., Benton, KY 42025
8/20/2018: 2 - 6 pm

Marshall County Hospital, 615 Old Symsonia Road, Benton, KY 42025
8/30/2018: 10 am - 3 pm

Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 U.S. Highway 62, Calvert City, KY 42029
8/30/2018: 12:30 - 5:30 pm

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive, Paducah, KY 42001
8/16/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm
8/17/2018: 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
8/18/2018: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm
8/19/2018: 7:45 am - 2:15 pm
8/20/2018: 11:45 am - 6:15 pm
8/21/2018: 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
8/23/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm
8/24/2018: 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
8/25/2018: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm 
8/26/2018: 7:45 am - 2:15 pm
8/27/2018: 11:45 am - 6:15 pm
8/28/2018: 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
8/30/2018: 11:45 am - 6:45 pm
8/31/2018: 8:45 am - 5 pm

Finish Line Car Wash, 3516 Clarks River Road, Paducah, KY 42003
8/17/2018: noon - 5 pm

Lone Oak United Methodist Church, 3835 Old Highway U.S. 45, Paducah, KY 42001
8/26/2018: 11:45 am - 3:45 pm

Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001
8/27/2018: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm

Reidland Church of Christ, 5500 Kentucky Dam Road, Paducah, KY 42003
8/29/2018: 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Charleston High School, 604 South Thorn St., Charleston, MO 63834
8/31/2018: 9 am - 2 pm

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.

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

Published: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 7:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 4:24 PM
URL: http://www.westkentuckystar.com/Living/Health/Health-Stories/Red-Cross-Urgently-Needs-Blood-Donations-Now.aspx