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Help prepare the blood supply this National Preparedness Month

(Aug. 21, 2017) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

 

Help prepare the blood supply this National Preparedness Month

 

Help prepare the blood supply this National Preparedness Month

 

(Aug. 21, 2017) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

 

A readily available blood supply is needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.

 

Donations decline around summer holidays like Labor Day. To thank those who come out to give Sept. 1-6, the Red Cross is providing a branded T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

In addition, those who come to give blood in September can receive a voucher from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a free hockey game ticket when one adult ticket is purchased, plus enter to win weekly drawings for Blue Jackets prize packs including game tickets, and a ride on the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine at a Jackets game.

 

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or 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 questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Help prepare the blood supply this National Preparedness Month

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 1-15:

Athens County

 

Albany

9/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6125 School Rd.

 

Athens

9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens Rec Center, 701 East State Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

9/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

9/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut St

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Fairfield County

 

Lancaster

9/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

9/14/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

 

Pickerington

9/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8950 Refugee Rd.

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

9/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

9/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

9/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

9/8/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

9/12/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Guernsey County Department of Job & Family Services, 324 Highland Ave

9/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

 

Lore City

9/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Guernsey Co Fair Building, 335 Old National Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

9/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Area Life Squad, 640 North Washington St.

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Hocking County

 

Logan

9/3/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6935 Twp Rd. 234

9/5/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

 

Newark

9/1/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

9/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

9/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Bremen Banking Center, 700 Corylus Drive

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Madison County

 

London

9/8/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street

 

West Jefferson

9/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

New Concord

9/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

 

Zanesville

9/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., John McIntire Elementary School, 1275 Roosevelt Ave.

9/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ohio University – Zanesville/Zane State, 1425 Newark Rd.

9/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street

9/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Foxfire High School, 2805 Pinkerton Road

9/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Perry County

 

Corning

9/6/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

9/7/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

New Lexington

9/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

9/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

9/2/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pickaway Twp Fire Department, 579 Tarlton Road

 

Orient

9/13/2017: 5 a.m. - 11 a.m., Pickaway Correctional Institute, 11781 State Rt. 762

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

9/9/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ohio University of Chillicothe, 101 University Drive

9/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., VA Medical Center, 17273 St. Rt 104, Building 9

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

9/6/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

 

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 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.

 

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, contact <insert local contact information > or 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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