Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.
Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.
Kenneth Reed gives blood in his son’s honor. When Trace was 8 days old, he underwent heart surgery and received blood transfusions. “It’s the least I can do. If it wasn’t for donors, he wouldn’t be here with us today,” said Reed. “I don’t call it donating blood; I call it donating life.”
Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.
As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
6/8/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., CB Richard Ellis Incorporated, 1400 S Douglass Rd., Suite 150
6/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., City of Buena Park, 6650 Beach Blvd
6/15/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Buena Park Masonic Center, 6841 Western Ave
6/1/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bolsa Grande High School, 9401 Westminister Ave
5/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Huntington Beach Masonic Center, 601 Palm Avenue
6/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Huntington Beach Masonic Center, 601 Palm Avenue
6/9/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Huntington Beach Masonic Center, 601 Palm Avenue
6/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Avalon, 7400 Center Ave
6/15/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., King’s Fish House, 7691 Edinger Ave, Bella Terra
6/4/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Avenue
5/26/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., La Quinta High School, 10372 McFadden
5/28/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sears, 100 Westminster Mall
6/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 14072 S. Olive
How to help
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 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 redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.
This article was released by the American Red Cross.