Red Cross Calls For Blood Donors Before The Holiday Season

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help stock the shelves for patients like Emily Bratton. After the birth of her first child, she received several units of blood.

“I know that my life was saved because someone, somewhere, was willing to donate their blood,” said Bratton. “There aren’t words to describe how incredibly thankful I am that people are willing to donate blood to help a stranger.”

Give patients in need another reason to be thankful – make an appointment to give blood. Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15:

Aitkin

Aitkin

11/6/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 107 2nd St. SE

11/7/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 107 2nd St. SE

 

McGregor

11/8/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 41442 Highway 65 N.

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Crow Wing

Brainerd

11/1/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Brainerd VFW 1647, 309 S. 6th St.

11/8/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Legion Post 255, 708 Front St.

 

Crosslake

11/15/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 14126 Dagget Pine Road

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Douglas

Alexandria

11/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Alexandria Technical College, 1601 Jefferson

 

Osakis

11/6/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW 7902, 701 E. 8th Ave.

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Morrison

Little Falls

11/1/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Francis Center, 116 8th Ave. SE

 

Royalton

11/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Royalton High School, 120 S. First St.

 

Swanville

11/9/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Swanville High School, Sixth and DeGraffe

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Otter Tail

Fergus Falls

11/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 402 S. Court St.

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St. Louis

Duluth

11/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 2415 Ensign St.

11/14/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive

 

Hibbing

11/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fairview Range, 750 E. 34th St.

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Wadena

Verndale

11/15/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Verndale High School, 411 Brown St. SW

 

How 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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 transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

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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