Red Cross encourages adding ‘give blood’ to holiday checklist

By Jan Hale, American Red Cross
December 21, 2016

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

“Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the new year from a hospital room,” said Jan Hale, communications manager of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Blood donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:



1/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Hall, 401 Washington


12/22/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kansas Army National Guard, 2115 Blosser Circle


12/22/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., EMS/FIRE Building, 117 Star



12/29/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jewell Community Building, 214 Delaware



12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Mennonite Church, 109 S. Church


12/23/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand


1/5/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Peabody High School, 810 N. Sycamore



1/14/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Sunflower School, 2192 Eisenhower


12/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Peters United Church of Christ, 111 Pine


1/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Joseph Catholic Church, 520 E. Northview

1/3/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Joseph Catholic Church, 520 E. Northview

1/7/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., McPherson Masonic Lodge, 311 South Main



12/27/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hunter Community Building, HC 1 Box 51



1/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Bennington Community Fire/EMS, 584 N. 180th Road


12/27/2016: 11:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Catholic Church, 117 East Vine



1/4/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Scandia Library, 318 Fourth Street


How to donate blood

Simply download theAmerican Red Cross Blood Donor App, visitredcrossblood.orgor 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.

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

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