The American Red Cross will be in McPherson County on Oct. 13 in Moundridge at Pine Village Wellness Center (86 22ndAve) for blood donations.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so adiverse blood supplyis important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.
Patients who need repeated transfusions, like 11-year-old Tymia McCullough who has sickle cell disease, must have blood that is matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.
Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help
patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the freeRed Cross Blood Donor App, visitingredcrossblood.orgor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaireatredcrossblood.org/RapidPass.